OWL for grades 7-9

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9   (born in years 2002 & 2003 & 2004)

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.


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

PROGRAM DETAILS: this program is now full.

The entire program is taught throughout the school year in four weekends. Participants must commit to attend all four weekends upon initial registration. Though the program  is being co- hosted by three Unitarian Universalist congregations, OWL is completely secular and is taught with absolutely no religious dogma or references.

Dates & Location

Owl Weekends:

  • 1 Fri Nov 18-Sun Nov 20: the Unitarian fellowship of Peterborough
  • 2 Fri Feb 3-Sun Feb 5: Port Perry.
  • 3 Fri Mar 31-Sun Apr il: Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (NUUC) in Toronto, Beaches area.
  • 4 Fri June 2-Sunday June 4: the Unitarian fellowship of Peterborough

Organizers & Hosts:

The Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough (UFP) www.peterboroughunitarian.ca
Organizer: Kate Huband, Director of Religious Exploration: rec.peterboorugh@gmail.com

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Durham (UUCD) www.uucd.ca

Organizer: Birgitta MacLeod, Director of Religious Exploration: birgitta.macleod@gmail.com

Neighbourhood Unitarian Universalist Congregation (NUUC) www.nuuc.ca

Organizer: Margaret Evans, Director of Lifespan Learning:dll@nuuc.ca


$200: this includes accommodation, meals and snacks, instruction and materials for all four OWL weekends.

Subsidies are available through your regional UU congregation. Please contact designated OWL organizers.


Parents/guardians are responsible for making travel arrangements for their children. Carpools may be organized among parents. OWL facilitators are not responsible for driving participants to and from the OWL weekends.


Kate Huband



Director of Religious Exploration

Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough


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