Upcoming Events

"Courage means taking the chances that life gives you and seizing them"

-Carlos Herrera, Sarah Greenwood K-8 School

Take it to the MAX The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum Annual Benefit

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Fenway Park, State Street Pavilion Club

Honorary Chair: Ambassador Swanee Hunt

Benefit Chair: Hilary Sargent
Silent Auction Chairs: Whitney and Ryan Patton

Tickets and Sponsorships can be purchased HERE

TAKE IT THE MAX Series of Annual Events

Become a sponsor of all of our events with one donation today! Recognition will be included in all aspects of the MAX Event series including: The Courage of Children, Boston and Beyond annual book of essays, TAKE IT TO THE MAX Benefit, Award Luncheon, Website, Essay Judging, Video, and Annual Report

$10,000 – Lieutenant Captain (10 Benefit Tickets, 1 Table of 10 at Award Luncheon, Tuesday, MAY 29 Fairmount Copley Plaza. Supports 5 teachers and students to attend Awards Luncheon)

$5,000 – Master (6 Benefit Tickets, 1 Table of 10 at Award Luncheon, Tuesday, MAY 29 Fairmount Copley Plaza. Supports 2 teachers and students to attend Awards Luncheon)

$2,500 – Purser (4 Benefit Tickets, 5 Award Luncheon seats, Tuesday, MAY 29 Fairmount Copley Plaza)

$1,000 – Crew (2 Benefit Tickets, 2 Award Luncheon seats, Tuesday, MAY 29 Fairmount Copley Plaza)

$500 – Mate (1 Benefit Ticket, 1 Award Luncheon seat, Tuesday, MAY 29 Fairmount Copley Plaza)

Ann and Graham Gund
Ambassador Swanee Hunt

Nancy Adams and Scott Schoen
Carrie and George Bell
Amy and Ethan d’Ablemont Burnes
Barbara and David Hawkins
Barbara Jordan and Bob Pemberton
Berneda Meeks
Kate Patterson

Suzanne and Jeffrey Bloomberg
Pamela and John Humphrey 
Jill Lenhardt
Kate Lubin and Glen Sutton
Marsha and Mark MacLean
Jenny Toolin McAuliffe
Julie Norman
Stephanie and Jonathan Warburg
Kathleen W. Bratton and Brian F. Wruble

Mimi and George Bennett
Eleanor Bright
Astrid and Thomas Burns
Ann Ogilvie and Lloyd Macdonald

Contact Bunny Hickey, Executive Director at for more information.

Max Courage Essay Judging 2018

Join Max Courage at our 2018 Essay Judging
Monday, February 26, 2018
Boston Public Library

Contact Bunny Hickey for more information

Monday, February 26th, 2018 Essay Judging at the Boston Public Library

The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's 25th Awards Luncheon

Our 25th Luncheon was held on May 16th, 2016 at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel. We had a wonderful turnout and 52 Boston students were awarded as Max Fellows. 

Our speakers included:

  • Mayor Martin Walsh, Boston MA
  • Paul Reville, Former Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Carrie Minot Bell, Vice President of The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum

2016 Courage In My Life Essay Contest Winners Announced

We are pleased to announce the winner of the 2016 Courage in My Life National Essay Contest is 8th grader Munirat I. of The Bronx School for Young Leaders in the Bronx,  New York. 


The seventh year of The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's Courage in My Life National Essay Contest saw over 400 submissions from classrooms across the United States. We have been so inspired by the many stories of perseverance, hope and courage shared by middle school students participating in this year's writing exercise.

We are pleased to announce the honorable mentions of the contest, who's inspiring essays will also be published in the 25th volume of The Courage of Children: Boston and Beyond, the organization's annual publication. 
The honorable mentions are:

Taylor B.
Tina Kovach, Teacher
Charles A. Mooney: Cleveland, Ohio 
Max Warburg Partnership School

Micah B.
Phylecia Ragland, Teacher
William J. Christian School: Birmingham, Alabama

Keith C.
Syri Kohn, Teacher
Cordova Middle School: Cordova, Tennessee

Nikia G.
Adra Young, Teacher
Ronald Brown Academy: Detroit, Michigan

Lucy H.
Billie Carlock and Stefanie Wynne, Teachers
Heritage Middle School: Ringgold, Georgia
Max Warburg Partnership School

Kelsey H.
Elizabeth Newsome, Teacher
Heritage Middle School: Ringgold, Georgia
Max Warburg Partnership School

Marah M.
Sara Coyle, Teacher
Beverly Hill Academy: Beverly Hills, Michigan

Teodoro N.
Alyssa Goldfarb, Teacher
International School of Indiana: Indianapolis, Indiana

Parvathy N.
Janet Holt, Teacher
Good Hope Middle School: Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
Max Warburg Partnership School

Juan S.
Kelly Wharton-Davis, Teacher
US Wiggins: Camden, New Jersey
Max Warburg Partnership School

Tyelle W.
Brittani Wilder, Teacher
Wilkerson Middle School: Birmingham, Alabama
Max Warburg Partnership School

Ethan Y. 
Karen Tiegel, Teacher
The Nueva School: Hillsborough, California

The Max Warburg Courage Curriculum's 25th Essay Judging

Our 25th annual Essay Judging was  held on Thursday, February 25th, 2016  in Boston, Ma. We truly appreciate our volunteers' time and effort to select our 2016 Max Fellows, sixth-graders from Boston and surrounding communities, as well as participants from our national and international programs. The essays chosen have been published in the 25th volume of our annual publication, The Courage of Children: Boston and Beyond.

To view photos from this event, please visit our Facebook page.