Our Whole Lives is a series of sexuality education curricula for multiple age groups. OWL is a positive, comprehensive, and age-appropriate educational program that promotes sexual health and is informed by the guidelines of the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS).
Our Whole Lives helps 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.
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.
Once these classes begin, they are closed classes. OWL views parents as the primary sexuality educators and therefore every OWL class begins with a mandatory parent or parent/child orientation.
Grades K-2 OWL (March – May): This series of eight, hour-long classes will educate your child about birth, babies, bodies, and families. You will be actively involved as your child learns through songs, stories, activities, and at-home projects that promote family dialogue.
Grades 4-6 OWL (February – May): Take the mystery out of puberty! In this series of ten 75-minute workshops, OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps the youth understand the physical and emotional changes of puberty. They will explore gender, values, communication, and decision making as well as physical health and development.
Grades 8-9 OWL (September – May): This series of 25 90-minute workshops offer honest, accurate, comprehensive, age-appropriate information about sexuality; dismantle stereotypes and assumptions; and builds self-acceptance and self-esteem. It also fosters healthy relationships and improves decision making. Topics covered include: gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, consent, STIs, masturbation, lovemaking, contraception, unintended pregnancy options, and parenting.
Grades 10-12 OWL (February – May on odd-numbered years): Sometimes referred to as Senior High OWL, this is a series of 12 two-hour classes broken down into the following categories: Sexual Health, Lifespan Sexuality, Building Healthy Sexual Relationships, and Sexuality and Social Issues. It helps teens affirm and respect themselves as sexual persons, respect the sexuality of others, become more comfortable and skilled discussing and negotiating sexuality issues, and identify and live according to their values, and it increases their motivation and skills for developing a just sexual morality.
Advance registration required. Please click below to register your child or youth.
For more information, see Our Whole Lives, or contact Matt Vasko, Director of Spiritual Exploration