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Posted on: October 4th, 2012 by jeni No Comments

Last Update: May, 2013


Click here to read about our new

Mosaic of Gift Bricks Collaboration Plan! 



Free Peace Presentation

May 8, Rockville, Maryland

Click here for details



Article on our Peace Seeker Spotlight:

3 1/2 year old Ireland MacKinnon

 published in Prince Edward Island, Canada


30 Teens from 5 Continents,

1 Purpose – Just Peace.


Thirty “Global Teen Leaders” will be traveling to New York City in March from around the world to participate in the 5th Just Peace Summit. Inspired by Mattie J.T. Stepanek, the annual weeklong gathering is the anchor event for the Three Dot Dash Initiative, a program of the We Are Family Foundation.


During the week, teens explore Mattie’s mosaic vision of a peaceful world as presented in his final book, Just Peace: A Message of Hope. The curriculum includes presentations, workshops, activities, and field experiences facilitated by world-renowned speakers who share expertise with the teens. The teens are introduced to tools and technology, and networking and mentoring opportunities, that help them shape peace projects that tend to basic human needs. Mattie’s mom, Jeni Stepanek (aka “Mama Peace”), offers morning sessions and daily conversations about “Mattie’s Message,” and shares components of the Pathways to Peace Program created by the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation.


Nearly 150 teens from six continents have participated in the Just Peace Summit since it began in 2008. The peace projects created by those teens have positively impacted more than 15 million global citizens!



Click here to learn more about
Three Dot Dash and the Just Peace Summit
Click here to learn about the partnership
between Mattie’s Foundation and WAFF
Click here to learn about the collaboration 
between Mattie’s Foundation and 3DD
Follow #JustPeace on Twitter for updates
from our Global Teens and facilitators


Micah Brackenhollow Stepanek

March 12, 2002 – February 12, 2013


Mattie and Jeni Stepanek’s beloved service dog, and faithful friend and companion — “Micah the Peace Puppy” — passed away suddenly on February 12, 2013. He was one month away from turning 11.


Micah danced every morning to welcome each new day. It didn’t matter if it was raining or sunny, or 4:30 am or the more reasonable 6:30 am — he celebrated life.


Throughout each day, he served, and he loved, and he was faithful and true. And, yes, he occasionally was mischievous, but even that was endearing from this well-behaved Golden Retriever service dog.


Mattie and Jeni received Micah as a 10-week-old puppy in training. He was amazingly smart and passed all of his service exams earlier than expected. Micah was Mattie’s service dog during Mattie’s final years of life. In the 8 1/2 years since Mattie’s passing, Micah has been a constant and loyal friend and service companion for Jeni.


Micah was a very healthy and happy dog. He died suddenly, but peacefully, when a large, undetected and rapid-growing malignant tumor burst and ruptured his spleen.


Though he is happily now back with his “Daddy” Mattie, he will be greatly missed here on earth, especially by Jeni for whom he was a constant companion.

Micah — affectionately known as “Peace Puppy” — is being remembered fondly by people all over the world. He was indeed well-loved by many. In 2008, a life-size bronze of Micah with Mattie was dedicated Peace Garden in the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Park in Rockville, Maryland.


Please visit our tribute page below to read some of the shared memories and messages.



Click here to read Micah’s Peace Puppy

profile on our Board of Directors page



Click here to read the beautiful tributes – 

Memories of Micah 



Peace Club Kids Respond

to Mama Peace Messages


Four to six times a year, youth registered in ourPeace Club Kids and Peace Club Teensmembership programs receive a Message from Mama Peace” by e-mail. These messages share bits of inspiration from the writings or speeches of Mattie J.T. Stepanek, and suggestions from Mattie’s mom, Jeni, for conversation and activities that support youth as they “reflect, respond, and reach out” with Mattie’s words of hope and peace.


Peace Club Kids & Teens are invited to share poetry and artwork, photographs and peace posts, that are displayed on our Peace Club Kids andPeace Club Teens webpages.


We have received four wonderful pieces of peace art so far this month, from Kaylee D. and Leah D. who live in Germantown, MD, and from Jacob J. and Sammy J. who live in Pittsburgh, PA. It is very exciting to hear back from youth as they learn that peace begins with every thought and word and action, and with every choice we make.



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Click here to learn more about

Mattie’s Peace Club Memberships


Click here to visit our

Peace Club Kids Gallery and pages


Click here to learn more about our

Peace Club Teens and the Teen Peace Journey



WAFF Annual Gala

Another Great Success!




Messages and Sponsorships:

Supporting Youth in Embracing Peace!



New Mama Peace Message

A new Message from Mama Peace has been posted for our Peace Club Kids and Peace Club Teens. Please support youth in embracing peace as an attitude and habit. Sign your child up for our program. Youth ages birth-12 are FREE. Youth ages 13-19 register for only $18 — which includes a free supported Peace Journey through Mattie’s Three Choices for Peace.

Peace Giving – Sponsorships!

Don’t have children? Consider sponsoring a teen for only $18 a year. Peace Giving is a gift that supports peace, and can decrease bullying. We currently have two Peace Teen sponsorships (thank you Natalie Bailey of Altamont, IL and Carol Rain of Chatfield, MN). Your gift can support a teen who wants to participate in our program, but who lacks the resources to register.


Teen Registration 

Are you a teen who wants to participate in our supported Peace Journey through Mattie’s Three Choices for Peace? Please sign up in our Peace Shop (Membership & Support page). We will support you in reflecting on Mattie’s message of peace, in responding to the message through an activity, and in sharing your response as your reach out to others with peace.


Applying to be Sponsored

We currently have TWO sponsorships available for teens who would like to become involved, but who lack the registration fee. If you would like to apply to be sponsored, please FIRST REVIEW our Peace Journey Information Links page here.  Then send an email to MattieOnline.com@gmail.com and share why you want to be sponsored, and your thoughts on how you will move through the journey levels.



 New Spotlight Honorees Announced:

Celebrating Our Peace Club Teens


Click here to visit our main Spotlight page 


Mattie’s Foundation Needs You


Dear Friend of Mattie’s Foundation,


“Peace is possible!

It begins with a choice – our choice.”


This quote by my son, Mattie, summarizes the mission of the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation. Since 2005, our volunteer-based not-for-profit has worked to create programs and activities that support people of diverse ages and abilities, faiths and nationalities, in understanding Mattie’s message of hope and peace, and in choosing peace as a deliberate action. Right now, our world desperately needs hope, and peace.


Mattie had a way of explaining peace so that it was not only believable, but also desirable and achievable. He moved “peace” from an abstract concept to an embraceable reality – something that we can each choose for ourselves, for our communities, and for our world.


Across the years, we have created numerous programs and activities that support children and adults in understanding the message Mattie shared, and in making choices that lead to peace as an attitude, a way of speaking, and a way of being. These programs and activities have inspired and involved people who live in countries on six continents!


Today, we need your help to continue. Our Foundation relies on the generous support of friends like you. Especially during times of economic challenges, a mission of peace is one that is most needed, and yet one that in great need of financial support.


Here are several ways you can help (all gifts are tax deductible):



Like Mattie, we believe that “peace is possible, and peace is for all people.” We want to further Mattie’s message and mission of peace for our world through our programs and activities. Please explore the many programs on our website, and support our effort by sponsoring one of our programs, or by making a tax-deductible donation to Mattie’s Foundation. You may contribute online through our website (www.MattieOnline.com), or mail a donation payable to the Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation.


Peace begins with a choice – our choice.

Please choose to support our mission of peace.


Thank you,

Jeni Stepanek, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Mattie J.T. Stepanek Foundation

402 King Farm Boulevard, #125

Rockville, MD 20850


Return to the Foundation’s News page





October Spotlight

May 5 at Botanero

Cinco de Mayo Partnership Fiesta - FREE ENTRY - All Day Happy Hour & food specials, Music by DJ Genius, ZamDance performances -- join us for a fundraising party that celebrates peace and acceptance! Read more...

June 2 at Dawson's

Mosaics & Music: Make Peace the News -- join us for wine & apps, music & mosaic unveiling, conversation & celebration at a fundraising gathering to promote peace! Early Bird Tickets $25 ($30 at the door). Read more...

June 21 and 22

Celebrating Mattie’s life & legacy – 15-year anniversary Mass on June 22 (11 am) at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Derwood, MD, followed by a reception hosted by Mattie's Guild - ALL ARE WELCOME. Read more...

July 13 in King Farm

2019 Peace Day Celebration – join us for a FREE street fair (1-5 pm), all day food & drink specials (1-8 pm), and a Happy Hour Dance Party (5-8 pm) – arts, crafts, music, performers, cake, moon bounce… Read more...

- Mattie J.T. Stepanek