Our Whole Lives for 7th – 9th Graders and their Families, Feb. – May, 2020 (Cancelled)

Date(s) - May 17, 2020
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Central Union Church of Honolulu

What is OWL?

Our Whole Lives is a curriculum developed but the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their relationships, health and behavior in the context of their own faith. OWL equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. It provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and understand the social, emotional and spiritual aspects of sexuality.


Why OWL?

The Church of the Crossroads, the First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, and Central Union Church have been involved in the OWL program for several years and have separately or together run OWL programs for youth at various levels.  Those who have gone through the program have had positive feedback about their experiences.


When will this take place?

The proposal is to hold the sessions from February 2020-May 2020.


How long is the curriculum?

The Grades 7-9 curriculum is 25 sessions, with each session lasting 1.5 hour each (see proposed calendar). The proposal is to hold two OWL sessions each Sunday afternoon with an intensive weekend at the beginning and end.

How much will it cost?

In the past each family participating in the OWL program contributes $100.  This money mostly pays for childcare for younger siblings during the program, so that parents can participate.  


Who is participating?

First Unitarian, Crossroads and Central Union are combining interested youth between 7th and 9th grade.  Other youth and families who are interested are welcome to join.  


Who are the facilitators?

The facilitators are members from our congregations or the community who have taken special training for the OWL program.  We are aiming to have six facilitators.

For more information, please contact Nan Kleiber [nankleiber44@gmail.com].

2020 OWL for 7th9thGrade: Proposed Schedule                                                 


February 14 – 17:                   Training for Facilitators for OWL Programs, 7 – 9th and 10 – 12th Grades


Sunday, February 23:             Parent Orientation/Organization meeting, all parents, all facilitators


Saturday, February 29:           Afternoon Workshop 1:  What is Sexuality?

                                       Workshop 2:  Examining Values

                                       Evening:          Workshop 3:  The Language of Sexuality

                                                           Workshop 4:   Anatomy and Physiology


Sunday, March 1:                   Afternoon Workshop 5:  Personal Concerns about Puberty

                                       Workshop 6:  Body Image


Sunday, March 8:                   Afternoon Workshop 7:  Gender Identity

                                       Workshop 8:  Gender Expression, Roles, Stereotypes


Sunday, March 15:                 Afternoon Workshop 9:  Sexual Orientation

                                               Workshop 10:  Guest Panel


Sunday, March 22:                 Spring Break No Session


Sunday, March 29:                 Afternoon Workshop 11:  Sexuality and Disability

                                        Workshop 12:  Healthy Relationships


Sunday, April 5:                      Afternoon Workshop 13:  Relationship Skills

                                               Workshop 14:  Sexuality, Social Media and the Internet


Sunday, April 12:                   Easter No Session


Sunday, April 19:                    Afternoon Workshop 15:  Bullying and Bystander Responsibilities

                                               Workshop 16:  Redefining Abstinence


Sunday, April  26:                Afternoon Workshop 17:  Lovemaking

                                             Workshop 18:  Consent Education


Sunday, May 3:                       Afternoon Workshop 19:  Sexually Transmitted Infections

                                               Workshop 20:  Pregnancy, Parenting, Teenage Parenthood


Sunday, May 10:                     Afternoon Workshop 21:  Unintended Pregnancy Options

                                        Workshop 22: Contraception and Safer Sexuality


Sunday, May 17:                     Afternoon Workshop 23:  Sexual Decision Making

                                                Workshop 24:  Communicating with a Sexual Partner

                                        Evening:          Workshop 25:  Self-care, Celebration and Closure

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