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

Alternate Activity 2: Compassionate Heroes

Part of Virtue Ethics

Activity time: 20 minutes

Materials for Activity

  • A computer with Internet access and digital projector or a large monitor

Preparation for Activity

  • Preview the CNN website you will show the youth. Test equipment and Internet connection before the workshop.

Description of Activity

Tell the group:

The Cable News Network (CNN) hosts a special that highlights the humanitarian work of several heroes every year. The 2010 Hero of the Year, Anuradha Koirala, rescues some of the 20,000 girls in Nepal who are abducted for or coerced into a sex trafficking ring every year.

On the CNN website, read about the heroes for the current year. Discuss:

  • Do their biographies detail events that helped them develop strong skills of compassion?
  • Do you think these individuals were born with compassion, have learned it, or a combination?

Invite the youth to pick an organization led by one of the CNN Heroes. Make a plan to educate your congregation about the organization's work and raise funds to contribute. Suggest youth share information about the organization on their Facebook pages.