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Our Whole Lives (OWL) – Lifespan Sexuality Education

Click here to register for upcoming OWL facilitator training for grades 7-9/10-12

Honest, accurate, age-appropriate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis is proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL) – a comprehensive lifespan sexuality education curriculum provided by certified volunteer OWL facilitators from the congregation.

Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally-appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

We at FUS and our OWL program facilitators recognize and respect the diversity of participants with respect to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability status in addition to cultural and racial background. The activities and language used throughout the program have been carefully chosen to be as inclusive as possible of this human diversity.

Black and white illustration of 4 owls on a branch, captioned "Our Whole Lives"

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives.

Participation Guidelines

Some specific requirements have been established for youth participation in the OWL program. These requirements have been established due to of the sensitivity of the OWL program content, as well as the need to create a covenantal relationship between the class participants, parents & guardians, and the volunteer facilitators:

  • Youth must be pre-registered to participate in the class. No drop-in youth or guests are permitted during OWL classes. 
  • All custodial parents & guardians must attend a complete Parent or Guardian Orientation led by our volunteer facilitators. Parents & guardians must also complete a signed permission form in order for the youth to attend any OWL class. This is true even if you have children in both 4th or 5th and 8th or 9th OWL or if you have attended orientation in the past for a child who attended OWL.
  • Parents/Guardians and youth must commit to ensuring attendance at OWL classes.

Dates

Our Whole Lives has multiple curriculums including K-1, 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, young adults, adults, and older adults. The classes we offer at First Unitarian depend on interest level, capacity, and availability of facilitators certified in curriculum.

Current and upcoming offerings:

  • August 2024 OWL facilitator training for 7-9 and 10-12 curriculum: registration open
  • 2024 K-1 OWL: registration closed
  • 2024 4-6 OWL: registration closed
Photo of a group of young teens sitting in a circle on the floor of a classroom having a discussion.
image from Our Whole Lives: Lifespan Sexuality Education | UUA.org

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