September 13, 2015 – Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education – Parent Orientation

We are planning to run the Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education Program for Grades 7-9 this year.

*** The program is OPEN to all interested families REGARDLESS OF CHURCH AFFILIATION, so if you know a family who could benefit, please feel free to share.***

OWL Curriculum for Grades 7-9

OWL Curriculum for Grades 7-9

WHAT:

Our Whole Lives is a lifespan sexuality program for youth and is widely regarded as the gold standard for sexuality education. The program helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior.

WHEN:

There are 25 sessions each lasting 90 mins. We will start on the 4th October, running every Sunday evening from 6:00 ’til 8:00 and finishing up in May. We would not run the class on a holiday weekend or on the first weekend of a vacation week.

COST:

A donation of $100 to cover the cost of Pizza (or other food) for the whole course is requested. If this is a hardship for any families we will offer scholarships.

COMMITMENT:

All youth are expected to commit to coming to every session. If they miss more than three sessions they will not be allowed continue as it disrupts the group when people do not attend consistently.

WHERE:

The Parish Hall at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro at 25 South Main St, Middleboro, MA 02346. (Phone: 508-947-1935)

PARENT ORIENTATION:

There will be a mandatory parent orientation on Sunday, Sept 13th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in Middleboro to ensure that all parents are fully committed to the program and fully understand what will be taught. BOTH parents must attend unless they have already had a child go through the OWL program; in this case only one parent needs to attend.  Please join our Facebook event to let us know you are coming and to receive updates about the Parent Orientation.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1478860935747615/

WHO:

There are three facilitators for the program:

Greg Stevens (DRE at First Parish Church, Unitarian Universalist of Kingston, Director of UUnited Youth group, and experienced OWL facilitator)

Juliet Donaldson (DRE at First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro, completed OWL facilitators course in July 2015)

Laurie Lessner (RE Committee Chair at First Parish Bridgewater UU, completed OWL facilitators course in July 2015)

HOW MANY:

The program will be open for a maximum number of 15 youth.

OTHER INFO:

Here is a link to some more info about the OWL program in general:
http://www.uua.org/re/owl

This is the curriculum that will be used:
http://www.uuabookstore.org/Our-Whole-Lives-Grades-7-9-Second-Edition-P17473.aspx

If you click on the “Table of Contents” tab, you can see the topics for each week’s workshop. Please check it out and let us know if you are interested.


If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask:

Juliet Donaldson
Director of Religious Education
dre@uumiddleboro.org
508-923-7757

One Comment

  1. Maria Pucillo-Dunphy, WebAdmin

    OWL is NOT Sex Ed
    by Greg Stevens, OWL Facilitator,
    First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleboro (FUUSM), MA

    We are offering Our Whole Lives Grades 7-9 this year starting in October 2015. The most common misconception I hear about OWL is “The kids have good Sex Education in the schools now so we don’t really need OWL”. OWL is much different than sex education offered in most public schools. Yes, the OWL program does go over the biology of human sexuality but that is where most school-based programs stop. The real value of OWL is all of the areas it goes beyond traditional Sex Ed. OWL covers the emotions of human sexuality, how to deal with feelings that arise, how to make good decisions based on the four key core values of OWL, Self-Worth, Sexual Health, Responsibility, and Justice and Inclusivity. We discuss how to ask someone out on a date and how to say no, respectfully. We discuss the negative influences of our popular culture and the damage it can do to developing youth. Gender Expression, stereotypes, sexual orientation, and healthy sexual relationships are also discussed. Please attend our Parent Orientation on Sept 13th at FUUSM from 6-8 PM to learn more about this program even if you have not decided to enroll your youth.

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