Mattie’s Foundation

Posted on: January 30th, 2012 by admin No Comments

The Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, created in 2005 to continue the work of the late teen poet and peace activist, Mattie J.T. Stepanek. During Mattie’s “almost 14 years” of life, he penned seven NY Times Bestselling books of “Heartsongs” poetry and ”Just Peace” essays, and served as an ambassador for many peace and disability-related organizations. Mattie died in 2004 due to complications of a rare neuromuscular disease.


The mission of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation is to continue spreading Mattie’s message of hope and peace by providing access to the message, promoting understanding of the message, and motivating people to action in sharing the message. Mattie’s Foundation offers educational and recreational programs, activities, and resources that support an understanding of peace for individuals and for our world, and that encourage peacemaking as a deliberate choice. We celebrate Mattie’s belief that “We have, we are, a mosaic of gifts, to nurture, to offer, to accept.” Like Mattie, we believe that “Peace is for all people!” and that “Peace is possible!”




Click on the links below to learn more




 Mattie’s Foundation: 1-page PDF

Mission-Vision-Values: 1-page PDF

Programs-Activities-Resources 1-page PDF

Quick Guide to Our Programs webpage

Our Programs: 1-page PDF (being updated)

Peace Certification: 1-page PDF (being updated)




Our History (Foundation Timeline)

Our Mission & Vision

Our Values & Motto

Our FAQ Responses

Our Board of Directors

Our Teaching Peace Links

Our Programs & Resources

Our Activities & Events

Our Committees

Our Volunteers

Our Brochures




Your Involvement & Support

What You Are Saying

Peace Shop Guide





Please NOTE: We do not share or sell any information about any of our Peace Club or Peace Network participants, nor do we share any information about Peace Champions who support Mattie’s Foundation financially or through purchases in our Peace Shop. All information is kept private in a secure data base.











November Spotlight

Peace Seeker

Our Peace Seeker Spotlights honor our Peace Club Youth members -- and the families, educators, and mentors who choose to support these Kids, Tweens, and Teens in learning and celebrating that “peace is possible.” Read more...

Peace Maker

Our Peace Maker Spotlights honor our Peace Club General & VIP members – adults who "choose peace" and offer a small membership fee that supports our activities and programs, including the free activities offered to our youth members. Read more...

Peace Bringer

Our Peace Bringer Spotlights honor our Peace Activity Certificate and Peace Certification Program participants – individuals, families, educators, schools, communities, and more who choose to move from “attitude to action” with peace. Read more...

Peace Sponsor

Our Peace Sponsor Spotlights honor our Champions, Advocates, and Program Messengers – individuals, organizations, and businesses whose financial or in-kind contributions support the mission and work of Mattie’s Foundation. Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek