OWL for grades 7-9

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9 

Parents are children’s primary teachers, but what is society teaching our children about sexuality? Our Whole Lives (OWL) is an antidote to sexualized media messages, peer pressure, misinformation and prejudice. It provides accurate, age-appropriate information, puts sexuality in the context of values and personal responsibility, supports healthy decision making, and strengthens social skills. These skills and values help prepare youth to make healthy choices for life.

OWL values:

  • Self Worth
  • Sexual Health
  • Responsibility
  • Justice and Inclusivity

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adolescents address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents.  Though many of the same topics may be covered in the public school curriculum, the OWL workshops are designed to be interactive and playful and to allow for the time and space necessary for the youth to engage in reflection and discussion.

WORKSHOP TITLES

UNIT 1 Introduction

1 What is Sexuality?

2 Examining Values

3 The Language of Sexuality

UNIT 2 You, as a Sexual Being

4 Anatomy and Physiology

5 Personal Concerns About Puberty

6 Body Image

7 Gender Identity

8 Gender Expression, Roles & Stereotypes

9 Sexual Orientation

10 Guest Panel

11 Sexuality and Disability

UNIT 3 Relationships

12 Healthy Relationships

13 Relationship Skills

UNIT 4 Contemporary Issues

14 Sexuality, Social Media and the Internet

15 Bullying & Bystander Responsibilities

UNIT 5 Responsible Sexual Behavior

16 Redefining Abstinence

17 Lovemaking

18 Consent Education

UNIT 6 STIs, Pregnancy & Parenting Decisions

19 Sexually Transmitted Infections

20 Pregnancy, Parenting, & Teen Parenting

21 Unintended Pregnancy Options

22 Contraception and Safer Sex

UNIT 7 Communicating about Sexuality

23 Sexual Decision Making

24 Communicating with a Sexual Partner

25 Self Care, Celebration, & Closure

Stay tuned for future dates of OWL grades 7-9.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT

Kate Huband

rec.peterborough@gmail.com

(705) 741-0968

Director of Religious Exploration

Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough

For more information about all OWL programs:

www.uua.org/re/owl