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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

Open minds, loving hearts, helping hands

OWL (Our Whole Lives Lifespan Sexuality Education)

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of highly acclaimed comprehensive sexuality education curricula for six age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, young adults (ages 18-35) and adults. Currently, we offer the Grades 7-9 on a bi-annual basis.  We are offering OWL this year (2015-16)!

We offer the Grades 7-9 program every other year and have offered other age levels in the past.

OWL Grades 7-9 helps youth make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips them with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.

Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the physical, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. We supplement OWL with the Sexuality and Our Faith companion curriculum, which puts OWL in the context of UU values and principles.

OWL is based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, and it is aligned with the 2012 National Sexuality Education Standards. It includes topics and skills that parents and schools are less likely to cover. The curriculum was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association in partnership with the United Church of Christ.

Our Whole Lives Values

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

Our Whole Lives Levels Offers

  • Up-to-date information and honest, age-appropriate answers to participants’ questions
  • Activities to help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
  • Effective group-building to create a safe and supportive peer group
  • Education about sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment
  • Opportunities to critique media messages about gender and sexuality
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Encouragement to act for justice
  • Trained facilitators
  • Parent orientation program that affirm parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children