Lifespan Sexuality Education
The Our Whole Lives Human Sexuality Program is a comprehensive, accurate, and developmentally appropriate sexuality curriculum available for kindergarden aged children through senior adulthood. Developed to meet or exceed the National Sexuality Education Standards, Our Whole Lives empowers participants to make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior.Our Whole Lives is a secular curriculum, but it isn't without values. We believe that these values are a critical component of sexual education:
- sexual health
- justice and inclusivity
Current Our Whole Lives OfferingsMiddle School Students
We have an Our Whole Lives program for 6th-7th graders beginning on April 24. In addition to receiving information on puberty and development, 6th-7th graders in the OWL program will learn about friendships, safety, decision-making, consent, and communication techniques.
Registration begins on April 4 through Yarmouth Community Services. The description of the course can be found in the 2017 Spring/Summer Activity Guide on page 16.K-2 Students/Children
We will be offering some pieces of the OWL curriculum on families, family changes, and friendships for younger children this March and April 2017 during Children's Chapel on Sunday mornings. There is no extra registration required for your child to participate in this program.Parents and Caregivers
Beginning on April 27, we will have a series of four workshops for parents focusing on how to discuss issues of sexuality with children, learning about normal sexual development, using age-appropriate language, modeling consent, and encouraging safety. These workshops will be focused on parents of children under age twelve.
Registration begins on April 4 through Yarmouth Community Services. The description of the course can be found in the 2017 Spring/Summer Activity Guide on page 10.
Upcoming Our Whole Lives Offerings4-5 Grade Students/Children
We hope to offer OWL for older elementary age children in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Please contact us if you would like to pre-register for our next OWL session for school aged children.Highschool Students/Senior Youth
We hope to offer OWL for high schoolers in Fall 2017 or Spring 2018. Please contact us to pre-register or for questions about joining our senior youth group.Adults Ages 18 and up
Please contact us if you would like to sign up for an OWL program for adults.Becoming a Certified OWL Facilitator
First Universalist is proud to have certified staff and volunteers offer Our Whole Lives programs for children, teens, and adults. If you would like to become a certified OWL instructor, please contact us to explore if you might be a good fit for the program and to learn about the next OWL facilitator training opportunities.
Praise for the Our Whole Lives program
Peggy Orenstein, author of Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape and Cinderella Ate My Daughter has highlighted Our Whole Lives during an interview on WAMU's Diane Rehm Show and in a New York Times editorial as a positive sexuality education program that helps to dismantle stereotypes.