Our Whole Lives (OWL)

(Note this program may not be offered every session.  Please contact our office at 416-686-6809 or email office@nuuc.ca for further details and availability).

The session details:

 Session 1, Sexuality and Values
 Session 2, Images in Popular Culture
Session 3, Body Image
 Session 4, Changes of Puberty
Session 5, Gender
Session 6, Feelings and Attractions
Session 7, Reproduction and Staying Healthy
Session 8, Decisions and Actions
Session 9, Consent and Peer Pressure
Session 10, Healthy Relationships and Celebration!

What is OWL

OWL equips participants and parents with information to help children to understand their bodies, see diversity and make informed, responsible decisions about their health and behavior. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL also helps participants clarify their values and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.

Why Does Neighbourhood Have a Sexual Education Program?

Unitarian Universalists view informed and open sexuality education as a form of justice. Receiving comprehensive, anatomically accurate sexual health information, starting at a young age builds confidence and self-awareness which can prevent abuse and other traumatic situations.  This sexuality education programs help our children/youth make healthy, informed decisions regarding their bodies and sexuality.

It is MORE THAN the Sexual Education Program in Schools

We place emphasis on building communication between parents and children on sexual matters.  Come and find out more.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a program developed by professional sexuality educators to provide accurate, age-appropriate information on sexuality and relationships. OWL programs for one or more age-groups are offered at Neighbourhood in most years. (Programs are offered for Kindergarten-Gr. 1, Gr. 4-6, Gr 7-9, and Gr. 10-12).

Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL programs provide facts about anatomy and human development, and also help participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and explore the spiritual, emotional and social aspects of their bodies, relationships and sexuality.

Our OWL teachers go through a screening process and are trained and certified to facilitate OWL programming by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

For more information about OWL, visit the UUA OWL web site at:

http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/ourwhole