MJ and Jerry Park founded Little Friends For Peace (LFFP) in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1981. Named for the "little" part we can all play in spreading peace, LFFP seeks to eradicate violence by teaching skills for peace. After relocating to Mount Rainier, Maryland, in 1988, MJ and Jerry brought peace-building to the D.C. metropolitan area while continuing their mission through partnerships in Minnesota and international communities, such as El Salvador and China.
Our Awards & Accolades
On May 14, 2016, MJ and Jerry received the Kit Collins Micah Award from the Stuart Center in Washington, D.C. This award is named after the founder and director of the Stuart Center who was known for her strong spirit and dedication to social justice. It is presented to a person or group who exhibits much of the same qualities as Sr. Kit Collins.
Saint Francis International School
MJ and Jerry Park and were recognized on May 11, 2016, for their work in partnership with Saint Francis International School. Msgr. John Enzler and Deacon Jim Shanahan from Catholic Charities DC celebrated the Innovations in Catholic Education Award from Today's Catholic Teacher magazine, and the school's peacemaking project that was the focus of the award. During Mass, Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, O.F.M., explained the importance of peacemaking in the message of Jesus and the central role that peacemaking plays in the Franciscan tradition.
George Washington University
In both 2014 and 2016, LFFP and Volunteer Coordinator Kristen Pinto, were honored with two awards from The George Washington University for fostering a university partnership and advocating for positive change in the community.
In 2008, MJ and Jerry were honored as Pax Christi USA's Peace Educators of the Year for their influential peace education in diverse settings.
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