2019 Our Whole Lives:
A Sexuality Education Curriculum
8th & 9th Grades
September -May | 11am Only
Parent Meeting September 8th @ 12:30pm
Welcome to the 2019-2020 Our Whole Lives program for 8th and 9th graders! With the beginning of OWL just two weeks away, here are a few quick items for OWL success.
Attend the Parent Orientation Meeting on Sunday, September 8th at 12:30 pm in the Whitney Young room. You’ll have the opportunity to meet the group facilitators. We’ll go over the goals and structure of the program, and share resources. Attendance at this meeting is crucial to the success of this program; if you are unable to attend, please contact us as soon as possible so that we can find another time to touch base. Here are a few things we’d like you to know:
- Permission Forms. Due to the content of this class, all participants need to have a permission form signed by a parent or guardian on file before the class begins on September 15.
- Regular attendance is required for this class; if you know ahead of time that your child will be missing a session, please let one of the facilitators know. It is not recommended to miss more than 2 sessions.
- Snacks will be provided by our staff. Please let us know of any food allergies or restrictions when you register, or at the parent orientation session.
- Build connections. If you are new to the WBUUC community, welcome! We hope that you and your family will feel at home here. We find that teens often get more out of the program as they start to develop connections with other teens in the class; this creates opportunities for deeper conversations during classes, and for supportive sustaining friendships after the program ends. Encourage your teen to get to know their classmates! If you are looking for more ways to get connected here at WBUUC, please do not hesitate to reach out to anyone on staff.
- Help support OWL. At WBUUC we believe that comprehensive and inclusive sexuality education is a right. This program is available free of charge because of the generous donations of WBUUC members and friends. If you are able, please consider making a one-time donation or becoming a pledging member to help us sustain and grow this program. More information can be found at http://www.wbuuc.org/donate/
- Ask Questions. There will be plenty of time to ask questions during our parent meeting, but know that you are welcome to reach out to us at any time with questions or concerns.
This curriculum covers a broad range of topics – health and safety, love and family, puberty and growing up, sex and gender, communication and decision making – in an age-appropriate manner. Each unit of Our Whole Lives has Homelink activities that help parents and children talk together about sexuality. This is a crucial part of the philosophy of the program as a whole which recognizes parents as the primary sexuality educators of their children. The course uses the book It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie Harris, available at our bookstall and at the UUA Bookstore.
Because of the nature of this program and the importance of the topic, we ask that you make a commitment to have your child attend as regularly as possible. It can also be helpful for your child to have made connections with peers in this class prior to the first session. Please consider attending regularly before OWL begins this March.
The class will be held during the months of March, April, and May during the 9 & 11am services.