Real Courage: The Our Whole Lives Program

April 17, 2009

From 2009 – 2011, Our Bodies Ourselves honored the work of women’s health advocates worldwide by asking readers to nominate their favorite women’s health hero. View all nominees by year: 2009, 2010, 2011

Entrant: Jane Ellen Teller

Nominee: The Unitarian Universalist Association’s ‘Our Whole Lives’ Program

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a year long sexuality course for people of different ages run by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The course for 11-13 year old youth prepares them for the sexual decisions that teenagers must make. They must have their parents permission to do this, so perhaps the parents should also be nominated for this award also.

The year long, weekly classes cover the following areas: values, sexuality and body awareness, gender diversity, sexual orientation and gender identity, relationships, love making, preparing for parenthood, responsible sexual behavior, sexually transmitted diseases, and abuse of sexuality.

The UUA shows real courage in developing and offering this program to youth. It is sometimes controversial in the current political climate, but having this knowledge has proven to be an advantage for the OWL graduates.

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