Sexuality Education Classes Offered for Teens in Grades 10 – 12

Submitted by Lisa Rubin, Director of Religious Education at First Parish on Bedford Common

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision-making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program to Bedford High School age teens. OWL is an antidote to sexualized media messages, peer pressure, misinformation, and prejudice.

With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, sexual health, gender identity, sexual orientation, and cultural influences on sexuality. The OWL curriculum has been created by the national Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to model and teach the values of self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice, and inclusivity.  Trained facilitators guide participants through engaging workshops that address topics typically excluded from school sexuality education and health classes.

Our Whole Lives Offers…

  • Accurate information presented in developmentally appropriate ways
  • Activities that help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
  • A safe and supportive peer group
  • Acceptance of diversity
  • Parent orientation that affirms parents as their children’s primary sexuality educators

This is an important time in life to make sure that youth are as well informed as possible–especially as sophomores, juniors, and seniors make plans for heading off to summer jobs, camps, conferences, and college.

Details:

  • Parent Orientation:  February 26 – 7 pm – 9 pm (Advisable for all parents and mandatory for parents of youth who have not participated in the Our Whole Lives Grades 7-9 program.
  • Course Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
  • Dates: March 5 through April 30 (Except April 16, Easter Sunday)
  • Registration Fee: $50.00 (Scholarships are available)
  • Registration Deadline: February 20

Class space is limited, to register, or for more information please contact Lisa Rubin at 781-275-7994 or dre@uubedford.org

 


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