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Our Whole Lives (OWL)

OUR WHOLE LIVES (OWL)

Who will provide your kids with a comprehensive overview of human sexuality? There is so much more to learn than just “where do babies come from?”

OWL (Our Whole Lives) curricula are an expression of the belief that educating institutions—like 1U—form meaningful partnerships with parents and caregivers to provide positive and responsible sexuality education. This secular curriculum is based firmly on the values of respect, responsibility, justice, and inclusivity. We offer four of the six OWL courses: K–1, Grade 5/6, Middle School, and High School. Additionally, the newest OWL class: Parents & Caregivers as Sexuality Educators, is being field tested. We look forward to offering it when it’s ready, as this class provides parents with tools for creating open dialog with their kids about various sexuality topics.

Course Descriptions

K–1 OWL is a nine-week parent/child course that offers accurate, age-appropriate information on the human body, family diversity, babies, birth, and more. This course also introduces families to communication tools/techniques to keep kids safe from inappropriate touch. This class is offered on nine Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:30 and starts in January.

Grade 5/6 OWL is a ten-week course that helps kids gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to understand and express their sexuality in holistic, life-enhancing ways. The class introduces key topics like values, body image, gender and sexual identity, puberty, peer pressure, and healthy relationships with sensitivity and inclusiveness, yet without specifically religious doctrine or reference. This class is offered on ten Sunday mornings from 9:30 to 10:45 and starts in September.

Middle School OWL is a thorough, informative, and life-changing class for 8th and 9th graders. Parents are their childrens’ primary teachers, but what is society teaching our children about sexuality? Our Whole Lives is an antidote to sexualized media messages, peer pressure, misinformation, and prejudice. It provides accurate, age-appropriate information, puts sexuality in the context of values and personal responsibility, supports healthy decision-making, and strengthens social skills. These skills and values help prepare youth to make healthy choices for life. This class is offered on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 pm starting in September and running through April (see calendar).

High School OWL helps 10th–12th grade youth gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. It puts sexuality into the context of values and personal responsibility, helping them manage social pressure and advocate for equality.  It provides an opportunity to bring values and integrity to the real-life issues.

All classes are presented by trained and certified OWL facilitators. There is a mandatory parent orientation and a separate registration fee for each of the above OWL programs.

From the DRE

Hi, I’m Regina, the Director of Children’s Religious Education at 1U. As a lifelong educator, mother of five, and trained OWL facilitator, I wholeheartedly endorse the OWL program. I love to imagine the world we could live in if everyone had the opportunity to be nurtured through their sexuality with a focus on self worth, sexual health, responsibility, communication, justice, and inclusivity. I’d love to share with you more about the goals and values of this state-of-the-art program. Contact me at DRE@OrlandoUU.org for additional information.