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Wow, finally got through all of the posts! One of my favorite topics!

 

As a facilitator for the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program I would like to point out that though it was written by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the United Church of Christ (UCC) it is not a faith based program. It is a secular comprehensive whole life sexuality program that has supplemental faith based curriculums that each denomination uses when taught at their churches. OWL is taught around the US in many settings, from UU and UCC churches to youth centers and even some public charter schools. I am currently working with my son's public charter school (K-8) to hopefully offer it next year as an after school program for our 8th graders going off to high school. I am currently teaching comprhensive sexuality classes at his school but in a much less in depth program than OWL. I hope this changes next year but as we are a brand new school we had to start somewhere!

 

I am a firm believer in kids having access to the knowledge they need to take care of themselves. One of the main focuses in OWL is that parents are a child's first sexuality educator and this is something that we have stressed in the parent meeting even for the simpler program we are offering this year. We are there to give them the facts, the parents are there to intill their own values.