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Our Whole Lives ("OWL")

Grade Appropriate Courses in Sexuality Education

 


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 10th to 12th 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 10-12 who is associated with a Long Island UU society. Due to the sensitive nature of the course material, please consider the maturity level or your youth.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
The fee for the course is $100, payable by the first session. Please speak to your local religious educator if this poses a financial hardship.

WHEN IS THE COURSE?
The OWL program will involve approximately four five-hour long sessions, at local Long Island congregations on Sundays. Class dates will be March 18, March 25, April 1 and April 22, 2017. The make-up date for weather cancellation is April 29. There will be a snack break during long classes.

There will be a mandatory parent/guardian meeting on March 11, 2017 at Huntington at 3:00 pm. At this time, an overview of the curriculum will be presented and course material will be available for perusal. There will be an opportunity for questions. The parental role as primary sexuality educator is honored and it is vital that your understanding and support is provided.

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 March 11, 2017 to:

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

The $80 balance for the course is due at the first session. Make checks payable to “LIAC” with “OWL” on 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

March 11, 2017 Application Deadline

March 11, 2017 3:00 pm
Orientation meeting for parent/guardians
At Huntington Fellowship.

Program Meetings: Sundays

January 11 (2 PM – 7 PM)
March 18 (2 PM – 6 PM)
March 25 (2 PM – 6 PM)
April 1 (2 PM – 6 PM)
April 22 (2 PM – 6 PM)
*April 29 Make Up Date

LOCATIONS to be Announced