Peace Maker Teens & Project Plans
“Make peace a habit in thought, word, and action — live it!” — Mattie J.T. Stepanek (From Mattie’s “Three Choices for Peace.”)
Peace Maker Teens develop peaceful habits, which leads to peace becoming a part of their everyday life. Mattie’s motto was “Think gently, speak gently, live gently, and the world will be touched gently.” Speaking peacefully and using thoughtful and supportive words and actions at home and at school and at work matters. Simple kindness and respect for others can decrease bullying, and bring us closer to Mattie’s vision of peace for all people in all spaces. This choice in the Peace Journey involves creatively making peace something that matters in word and deed, for one’s self and for others and for our world.
- Now that you have learned more about Mattie the the message of hope and peace he offered, 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 bulletin board for your school or community. It can be a program or club that helps other youth understand more about the need for peace in our world, and how they can choose to make peace a reality.
- 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.
Recognition by Mattie’s Foundation: