Peace Club Teens
Welcome Peace Club Teens!
Mattie’s Peace Club was created to support the mission and vision
of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation,
which is to spread a message of hope and peace for all people.
Teen Members of Mattie’s Peace Club receive a Peace Club Teen certificate,
and may submit poetry, artwork, essays, photography,
and peace thoughts for our Peace Club Teens page.
Peace Club Teens also have the option of making a free Peace Journey
from “Peace Club Teen” to “Peace Teen Ambassador”
as they move sequentially through
Mattie’s ‘Three Choices for Peace’
with a project they create, put into action, and share.
Peace Journey Teens are supported
by members of Mattie’s Foundation as they
reflect on Mattie’s message,
then respond to the message,
and reach out to others with a message of peace.
This journey may earn Community Service Hours for school,
and can be a great addition on college application forms.
Peace Journey —
Peace Teen to Peace Ambassador through Mattie’s Three Choices:
- Mattie said, “Peace beings with a choice — our choice.”
- Visit our “What Next? Project” page to learn more about Mattie’s “Three Choices for Peace.”
- Make the choice to become a Peace Club Teen. Register in our Peace Shop, receive your certificate, and begin sharing on our Peace Club Teens page.
- Visit our “Message from Mama Peace” page and send us your Reflections and Responses. about items posted there, or your thoughts on Mattie’s Three Choices for Peace. We will share your responses and list you as a Peace Club Teen.
- Mattie said, “Make peace an attitude in thought, word and action — want it.”
- Read any one of Mattie’s books or the biography his mom wrote about his life.
- Create a Peace Post that expresses what you learned, and ‘what next’ for you as a result of this message of hope and peace. This may be in the form of an essay, a poem, artwork, photography, or another creative endeavor.
- Send us your Peace Post and we will put on our Peace Club Teen Peace Posts page and list you as a Peace Seeker Teen.
- Mattie said, “Make peace a habit in thought, word, and action — live it.”
- Now that you have learned more about Mattie and the message he shared, re-read our “What Next? Project” page and Mattie’s “Three Choices for Peace” (click here).
- Consider and plan a peace project in your home, school, or community. It can be a small fundraiser — like a peace walk — that educates others about peace and supports Mattie’s Foundation. It can be a recycling or environmental clean-up project. It can be a peace activity like reading to younger children, or creating a club that helps other youth understand more about the need for peace in our world and how they can help make that happen.
- Mattie offers many suggestions in his “Just Peace” book for peaceful choices and actions. Be creative! We suggest that you invite an adult (parent, teacher, advisor) to support you in your project. Members of Mattie’s Foundation will also support you on your Peace Journey.
- Send us your Project Plan information. We will publicize your work on our Peace Club Teens Project Plan Page and list you as a Peace Maker Teen.
- Mattie said, “Make peace a reality for all people in all spaces of the world — share it.”
- Present your project to an ‘outside group.’ Perhaps another classroom or local school, perhaps to a civic group or in a place of worship, perhaps on Facebook, perhaps to a local community organization.
- Learn about your audience before you share, so that you know what their needs and issues are related to peace. Using this knowledge, inspire the group to want to choose peace, and perhaps to even become involved with your work.
- Send us your Project Presentation information. We will send a letter to your school, publicize your work on our Peace Club Teens Project Presentation page and list you as a Peace Bringer Teen.
- Mama Peace said, “Peace is more than a project — it is about being peace in this moment, and considering ‘what next’ beyond a project.”
- Celebrate and be recognized for your Peace Journey efforts, and inspire others to choose peace as well. Issue a press release.
- Share your project with a local politician and/or through local media. Consider turning it into a ‘Cause’ on Facebook. Tell others how and why your started your peace project, what you did in each step, who it affected, why it matters, and ‘what next’ for peace as result of your work.
- Prepare a brief description of your Peace Outreach Effort (e.g., press release, news clipping, link to a website or Facebook or blog about your effort, letter from a local representative, or some documentation of your outreach endeavor).
- Send us your Peace Outreach Effort. We will publicize your achievement on our Peace Teen Ambassador page. We will also send you a Peace Ambassador Certificate and a Choose Peace bumper sticker, and list you as a Peace Teen Ambassador.