Grades 7-8: Coming of Age/ Our Whole Lives (OWL)
COMING OF AGE
Piper Harrell, Allie Izzard (Fall) (Asst: Izzie Cass – Spring)
A Unitarian Universalist rite of passage in Middle School. Includes team-building, social justice, UU identity, ritual, games, fall kick-off day retreat, spring trip to Boston, creating personal belief statements, the Coming of Age spring celebration Worship service, and much more.
Coming of Age 2018-19 Kick Off!
We had a great turnout Saturday Sept 22 with 30 parents and COA kids sharing a cozy dinner in the Fenn Chapel. Allie Izzard and Piper Harrell were able to introduce themselves as the co-leaders of the COA group and share their vision for the year. While Allie will have to leave us for Florence in December (we are all jealous!) she has been instrumental in developing this year’s COA vision and is excited to be joining many of the kids that she worked with last year in Neighboring Faiths. The kids and parents began to talk about new responsibilies and privileges that come with entering into young adulthood and hear about some of the excing events throughout the year such as the Fall retreat, pancake breakfast, the Boston trip and of course leading a Sunday service in the Spring.
We love the group and are thrilled to be joining such amazing kiddos on this journey as the come of age, enter into adulthood, and take on their future!!!
NOTE: OWL will focus on Grades 5-6 this year and meet for 11 Sundays, every other week or so, from 10-12:30 starting in Jan 2019 and running through April/May.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality education curriculum. It values:
- Self Worth
- Sexual Health
- Justice and Inclusivity
OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adolescents address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents, including those typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes. Some topics: gender identity, body image, puberty, sexual orientation, healthy relationships, social media, and bullying.