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Our Whole Lives ("OWL")

A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST COURSE IN HUMAN SEXUALITY

FOR GRADES 7-8-9 FALL 2017

 


WHAT IS "Our Whole Lives"?
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality education curricula for five age groups: grades K-l, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12 and adults. The program provides accurate information and Unitarian Universalist values for children, youth, adults, and families.

This course is for 7th to 9th grade youth. Click here for the brochure/registration application.

OWL is based on the philosophy of comprehensive sexuality education, which helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts but also helps participants clarify their values, build skills and understand the spiritual, emotional, social, and political aspects of sexuality as well.

OWL, led by a male/female leadership team, uses a variety of media and interactions within a confidential group setting to respond to the expressed concerns of the participants.

WHO ARE THE FACILITATORS?
There are teams of two facilitators for the course. The co-leaders have completed intensive training for the OWL curricula provided by the UU Metro District. Each is a member of a Unitarian Universalist congregation.

WHO SPONSORS OWL?
This course is sponsored by the Long Island Area Council (LIAC) of Unitarian Universalist Congregations, supported by dues from the 11 UU societies on Long Island.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE FOR Our Whole Lives?
Any youth in grades 7-8-9 who is associated with a Long Island UU society. Please consider your child’s maturity level when considering OWL due to the sensitive nature of the material. It is recommended that young people take this course prior to taking the Coming of Age course.

WHEN IS THE COURSE?
The OWL program will involve seven five-hour meetings at local Long Island congregations on Sundays from 1-6 pm. Classes will meet: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19, and December 3, with a rain date on December 10, 2017.

There will be a mandatory parent/guardian meeting on October 1, 2017 from 2-4:00 pm. at the Stony Brook Fellowship. At this time, an overview of the curriculum will be presented and course material will be available for perusal. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
The fee for the course is $120, payable by the first session. Please speak to your local religious educator if this poses a financial hardship.

HOW DOES ONE REGISTER?
To register, complete the registration form, have your religious educator sign the form, attach a refundable deposit of $20, and mail the completed form by October 1 to:

Gretta Johnson-Sally, LIAC Financial Secretary
5 Reydon Way, Commack, NY 11725
(631) 387-5270
gjsdre@hotmail.com

The balance for the course of $100 is due at the first session. Make checks payable to “LIAC” and put “OWL” in the memo line.

WHAT ARE THE OBLIGATIONS?
Those who choose to take OWL are making some simple commitments:

- At least one parent/guardian will attend the
orientation meeting to better understand the course;
- The participant will attend all of the scheduled
sessions and be on time;
- The participants and parents will abide by the rules of
the group concerning confidentiality and respect.

The leaders will be available to discuss the course during the duration of the sessions, while respecting the confidentiality of the participants.

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

September 28, 2017 Application Deadline

October 1 2:00-4:00 pm
Orientation meeting for parent/guardians
At the UU Fellowship at Stony Brook

Program Meetings: Sundays 1:00-6:00 pm

October 15
October 22
October 29
November 5
November 12
November 19
December 3
December 10 (rain date)

LOCATIONS to be Announced