Seventh and Eighth Grade (Heed the Cal and Our Whole Lives (OWL))

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This combination of curricula is the first part of our Coming of Age program. In this two year endeavor, the young people are asked to closely examine and articulate their values and beliefs and examine their implication in the world. The goal is to help the young people define their moral compass as they begin to face major decisions in their lives. To this end, this group uses two curricula: Race to Justice and Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education.

In the fall, the class uses Heeding the Call : Qualities of a Justicemaker. In this program youth are encouraged to view themselves as agents of change in the world as they develop qualities crucial to justice work. They reflect on their own lives while making connections to the lives lived by others, buiding self-awareness while growing as leaders. Includes a Justicemakers Guide to help youth track their activities outside the workshop and a long-term Faith in Action project to lead youth, step-by-step, in becoming allies to marginalized communities. (UUA website)

In the winter and spring, the class participates in the OWL program. Our Whole Lives is an engaging and progressive approach to sexuality education. The curriculum assumes that youth have a right to receive complete information about sexuality and have support in making decisions about sexual matters. Consistent with our UU principles, OWL is based firmly on the values of self-worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity. We all care deeply for our children and want the best for them. Today's young people face decisions about relationships, sexual behavior, drugs, unchaperoned parties, and other serious issues at younger and younger ages. OWL is an opportunity for kids to get honest, helpful information in a warm and supportive atmosphere.

(PLEASE NOTE: Parental permission is required for young people to participate in the OWL program. A parent orientation is scheduled for the afternoon of November 6th. Young people who do not participate in the program or who start attending once the session has begun may join with the sixth grade class, attend church services, or serve as an assistant in a Sunday School class.)