OWLParents are children’s 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.

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adolescents address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents, including those typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes.

OWL is a secular curriculum.

Workshop Titles

Unit 1: Introduction

  • What Is Sexuality?
  • Examining Values
  • The Language of Sexuality

Unit 2: You as a Sexual Being

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Personal Concerns about Puberty
  • Body Image
  • Gender Identity
  • Gender Expression, Roles, and Stereotypes
  • Sexual Orientation
  • Guest Panel
  • Sexuality and Disability

Unit 3: Relationships

  • Healthy Relationships
  • Relationship Skills

Unit 4: Contemporary Issues

  • Sexuality, Social Media, and the Internet
  • Bullying and Bystander Responsibilities

Unit 5: Responsible Sexual Behavior

  • Redefining Abstinence
  • Lovemaking
  • Consent Education
  • Pornography

Unit 6: Sexually Transmitted Infections, Pregnancy, and Parenting

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Pregnancy, Parenting, and Teenage Parenthood
  • Unintended Pregnancy Options
  • Contraception and Safer Sex

Unit 7: Communicating about Sexuality

  • Sexual Decision Making
  • Communicating with a Sexual Partner
  • Self-Care, Celebration, and Closure

For a more detailed look at the OWL curriculum, please download the pdf file, Our Whole Lives Grades 7-8 Curriculum Overview.