UU Wellesley to Offer OWL in 2016-2017
In today’s 24/7 instant-messaging-digital-pop-culture age, teens are constantly bombarded with sexual messages that promote unhealthy body images, gender stereotypes, and unrealistic expectations about human relationships. Reports of hate crimes targeting the LGBTQ community, arguments among politicians regarding policies related to sexuality and freedom, and misleading information about health and human development saturate our news media. There is a real need for teens to have a safe space to develop the knowledge, values and skills that will enable them to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives.
To meet this need, UU Wellesley will be offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) for 7th and 8th graders during the 2016-2017 school year. The OWL program provides an age-appropriate, positive and comprehensive sexuality and relationship curriculum that helps participants affirm and respect themselves as sexual persons (including their bodies, sexual orientation, feelings, etc.) and respect the sexuality of others. The OWL program is facilitated by trained volunteers from our own community, with many years of experience leading this curriculum.
UU Wellesley’s OWL program will take place on non-public school vacation Sundays from 5-6:30 pm September 2016-May 2017. The program is open to 7th and 8th graders in Wellesley and surrounding communities. Participating youth do not need to be members of UU Wellesley and we would appreciate your help in spreading the word about this valuable program. The OWL program was originally developed in cooperation between the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. It is not, however, a faith-based program, and so is appropriate for youth of any religious or non-religious background.
Director of Religious Education, Mick Hirsch would be happy to answer questions and discuss the program with interested parents and guardians. Please contact him HERE.
There will also be a parent information session prior to the beginning of the OWL program on September 18th at noon. Click HERE for this year's schedule of meetings.
You can download a registration form HERE and and a parent/guardian responsibilities form HERE. To register, please mail registration and permission forms to UU Wellesley, 309 Washington Street, Wellesley Hills, MA 02481.