{This is especially pertinent if you have kids, but also applies to the child-free amongst us.}

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Most of us are aware of how dismal sex ed can be in public school. So if you’re interested in getting your kids (or yourself, they have young adult, adult, and senior programs too) into an inclusive, accurate, consent-minded, and positive sexual education program I highly recommend Our Whole Lives (OWL).

You can contact your local UU congregation to see if they’re running any programs. You do NOT have to be a member of a UU congregation to attend.

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Important summary of the program:

While Our Whole Lives is secular, it is not value-free. The program gives clear messages about the following key sexuality issues:

  • self worth
  • sexual health
  • responsibility
  • justice and inclusivity

Our Whole Lives recognizes and respects the diversity of participants with respect to biological sex, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and disability status. The activities and language used throughout the program have been carefully chosen to be as inclusive as possible of this human diversity.

Our Whole Lives is used in faith communities as well as by public, charter, and private schools; after-school programs; youth groups; home schoolers; colleges; correctional facilities; and groups in other settings. Although developed by two religious organizations, Our Whole Lives contains no religious references or doctrine.

Also:

Our Whole Lives curricula are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education (PDF) produced by the National Guidelines Task Force, a group of leading health, education, and sexuality professionals assembled by the Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS). In every category of assessment, the curriculum meets or exceeds the National Standards for Sexuality Education Core Curriculum, K-12.

More in-depth information on the program is here:

My oldest has attended the K-1 program and I look forward to signing her up for 4-6 program next. It dawned on me that there may be others here on GT who would really want to take advantage of this, but I don’t think it’s a widely-known program. So I just wanted to give you all a heads up.