Middle/High School (gr 7-9)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) helps teenaged participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health and society and culture. The curriculum has been newly revised by the UUA to reflect the most up to date topics and information available. We also offer a monthly PARENT WORKSHOP as an accompanying course to help parents/guardians gain an appreciation of their role in reinforcing and expanding student learning, and develop an understanding of how to manage student questions and concerns.
Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional and social aspects of sexuality.
Facilitators are trained through the Unitarian Universalist Association and its local districts across the US and Canada. Our Whole Lives 7-9th grade is currently offered every other year. Our Whole Lives is offered September 2016 – May 2017 each Sunday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
For students not participating in OWL, please refer to our Open Minds~Helping Hands program.
Please refer to the Course content and schedule outline, as well as the Participant application for more information and details.
Link to National Sexuality Education Standards.
We use the REMIND system to send one-way text and email communications to our OWL participants. This helps our DRE and advisors stay in touch with families in a safe and convenient way.
Students & guardians need to OPT IN to this system each year in order to receive notices.
This highly recommended system provides the most current event & program info to participants!
WINTER 2017: Coming of Age (COA)
The Coming of Age (COA) program is done throughout the UU denomination with 14 – 16-year-olds as a way to acknowledge the transition from child to adult. COA is currently being conducted every other year and will be offered again December 2017 to May 2018.
The goals of COA programs are:
To encourage youth to explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist;
To help youth move into the adult role of identifying and acting on personal beliefs and values;
To recognize and publicly honor the movement of a youth from childhood to adolescence within the Unitarian Universalist tradition.
Through mentoring and classes, the COA program:
Encourages youth to discuss, reflect on, and clarify his or her personal religious beliefs as part of lifespan faith development;
Provides opportunities for independent thinking, assuming responsibility, decision-making and exploration of values;
Encourages youth to put faith into action in his or her own life and community;
Components of COA usually include youth being paired with a mentor to work on above stated goals, planning and implementing a service project, presenting a credo (statement of faith) as part of a Coming of Age ceremony, and can include a trip to a site of UU heritage, such as Boston to visit the UUA and other historical UU places.