Q: What are the basic details? Who is doing this? Where, when, etc.?
Conceived and organized by the nonprofit group, The Humanity Project, the Thousand Youth March for Humanity will bring together more than 1,000 students, grades K - 12, to march for an end to school bullying. The march will be held on Sunday, November 16, 2008, rain or shine. It will begin at Huizenga Plaza in downtown Fort Lauderdale and proceed for 8/10ths of a mile through closed, police-protected streets back to the plaza for a rally with bands, balloons, brief speeches and a call-and-response anti-bullying chant from the crowd.
Q: What time should participants arrive and how long will the march and rally be?
The march begins promptly at 1 p.m. Walking time is likely to be about 45 minutes for all marchers to complete the route. The rally will begin immediately after the march itself and will end by 3 p.m. Participants should arrive by noon on march day and will be free to go right after the rally ends. Buses will line up at 3 p.m. to pick up students who came by bus.
Q: What is the march route?
The march will begin at the plaza, located on the corner of Andrews Avenue and Las Olas Boulevard, then head north to Broward Boulevard, east to SE 3rd Avenue, south to Las Olas Boulevard, then west on Las Olas back to the plaza. Students, parents, teachers, administrators, volunteers and the public will gather in the plaza and street for the rally.
Q: You said "rain or shine." This march really will happen even if it rains?
Definitely. Even if it rains. In fact, this strong statement against bullying becomes even stronger if students turn out in large numbers despite challenging weather. Just bring ponchos, umbrellas or whatever else you need to stay dry.
Q: I'd like to know more about the reasons behind the march and about The Humanity Project.
Go to their website at www.thehumanityproject.com and listen to their latest podcast or read their blogs about the march.
Q: Ok, how can I take part?
Contact The Humanity Project's president and founder, Bob Knotts, at 954-205-2722 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Where should I park for the march?
The public parking garage near the main library has plenty of room. There's also public parking at garages just north and west of the plaza in the Riverwalk area. Make sure to arrive early so you can find a good space and get to the march at noon.
Q: If my school wants to participate, how will students get there?
All schools and students are welcome. Each school must arrange its own transportation - except for a core group of 15 Broward public schools. These were selected to offer a representative cross-section of the student body and to ensure a minimum of 1,000 students at the march. Those schools will be provided with buses on march day if they cannot arrange their own bus transportation. But with limited funds, The Humanity Project asks all those schools that can provide buses for students to please do so.
Q: Will participating students be eligible for volunteer hours for this event?
Absolutely. The Humanity Project will give four volunteer hours to all students taking part in the two-hour event. This includes preparation for the march and travel time. The group also will offer additional hours to those students who volunteer to work on march floats and banners at their schools before the event.
Q: I'm an adult. How do I volunteer to help?
Again, call or email The Humanity Project at the number or address listed above.
Q: I know someone who might want to sponsor or donate to help pay for this important event. How can they do that?
The Humanity Project is urgently seeking sponsors and donors to cover the substantial costs of the Thousand Youth March for Humanity. In return, those sponsors and donors will be given broad public exposure for their community involvement through the media, Internet, flyers, banners and more. Just call 954-205-2722 to help.
Our current sponsors now include Nova Southeastern University, Florida Marlins, AutoNation, Children's Services Council, Yellow Strawberry Global Hair Salon, Freeman Orthodontics, Framing By Morris, Downtown Development Authority, Dave & Buster's, State Farm and Office Depot Foundation.