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8th & 9th Grade OWL

Our Whole Lives for grades 8 or 9 is offered every year starting in January. There is a fee for this class; scholarships are available if needed. We typically have free spots for community members. In order for a youth to participate, parents or caregivers must attend a required parent orientation and sign a permission form.

Please contact the OWL Director, Wendy, to register for the course.

16 Sessions

Wednesdays: January 3 - mid-May


No class during vacation weeks

Eighth or ninth graders have the opportunity to participate in Our Whole Lives (OWL) a progressive, comprehensive sexuality education program, framed around sexual health, justice & inclusion, self-worth, and responsibility.  (9th graders are also welcome if they were unable to take the course in 8th grade).  It is designed to help participants gain the knowledge, values, and skills to lead sexually healthy, responsible lives.

Topics include: 

  • Sexuality

  • Values

  • Anatomy

  • Puberty Concerns

  • Body Image

  • Gender Identity

  • Gender Expression, Gender Roles, Gender Stereotypes

  • Sexual Orientation

  • Healthy Relationships & Relationship Skills

  • Enthusiastic Agreement (Consent) 

  • Sexuality in relation to Technologygy

  • Consent 

  • Social Media & Internet

  • Pornography

  • Bullying and Bystander Responsibilities (in relation to sexuality/relationships)

  • Lovemaking/Sexual Activity & Redefining Abstinence

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)

  • Options for Unintended Pregnancies

  • Contraception 

  • Sexual Decision Making

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