Tapestry of Faith: Virtue Ethics: An Ethical Development Program for High School Youth


Part of Virtue Ethics

I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. — Atticus Finch, in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird

This workshop explores the virtue of courage. Youth learn that courage is expressed not by committing dangerous acts, but in acting to do what is right even when there is a price to pay. Courageous actions are not always big—for every Martin Luther King, Jr., there are hundreds of ordinary people quietly saying "No" to oppression and hate—yet a slow accumulation of small acts of courage can truly change the world. This workshop helps youth identify true courage in themselves and others.


This workshop will:

  • Examine the meaning of courage
  • Provide examples of ethical dilemmas that call for courage
  • Guide youth to identify themselves as courageous people.

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Explore the meaning of "courage"
  • Discuss a dilemma that calls for courage
  • Examine experiences where they acted with courage and when they did not, and commit to nurturing this virtue the future.