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Please Take Note – Fall 2021’s session is full and closed. Please stay tuned for future sessions if interested

Our Whole Lives (OWL) Sexuality Education • GRADES 8 & 9

with certified OWL facilitators Lynn Rosenbaum and Stephen Bobrow

18 Sessions – October, 2021 through April, 2022 – Sundays, 6:30 to 8:30pm

In-person (Medford – see below for COVID protocols)

Limited to 16 Youth, grades 8 or 9 (2021/2022 school year)

We will seek to create a gender diverse class.

Sanctuary UCC and Hillside Community Church are proud to offer to the wider community Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive sexuality education class for 8th and 9th graders. The program equips teens of all genders with accurate, age-appropriate information and skills to help them lead sexually healthy, positive, and responsible lives. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL addresses a wide range of topics including body image, relationships, social media/internet, sexual orientation, gender identity, sexually transmitted infections, contraceptives, pornography, and cultural influences on sexuality. Through engaging activities and discussions, OWL helps teens to clarify their own values and to build their interpersonal skills. Our Whole Lives is used nationwide in a variety of community settings including schools, youth serving agencies, and faith-based communities. Although developed by two progressive, faith-based organizations (UCC and UU denominations), OWL is secular in content and contains no religious doctrine*.

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Students’ registration requires the following:
mandatory parent orientation meeting on Sunday, October 3, 6:30 to 8:30
– receipt of parent approval form following orientation (refunds will be provided should your family decide this is not the program for you)
– proof of Student Vaccination
– signed family agreement regarding COVID protocols
payment or payment arrangements

We ask that students commit to attending the full 18 session program.

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Location: Hillside Community Church (lower level); 144 North Street, Medford, MA  02155

Registration: $450.00 for (18) two hour session series (plus a small materials fee)

Scholarships and payment arrangements are available on the registration form or contact Rev. Wendy (below).

We seek to create a gender diverse class. After your payment is received or payment arrangement made, you will be notified of your child’s spot in either the class or a waitlist. Full refunds will be made through October 6 if, following the orientation, your family determines not to proceed.

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Register Here: Link to Registration/Payment portal

Schedule: Click here for a detailed schedule including make up dates for snow and/or COVID delays

Contact: Rev. Wendy Miller Olapade:

Rev. Thomas Hathaway:

Bailey Henderson:

COVID Protocols: We will practice the guidelines for in-person meetings that the Department of Education has recommended for schools including masks, cleaning practices, air circulation/exchange, and no shared food. We will require proof of vaccination.

Session Postponement due to Snow or COVID: If weather and/or a shutdown of the local school(s) by the health department affects any of our meeting dates we will not move to virtual sessions (given the nature of the program). If we need to pause the schedule/program it is our plan to return to gathering when we can do so safely, and complete the sessions in the spring. We currently have five make-up sessions noted on the schedule.

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*The resources are based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education 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.

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Our Facilitators

Lynn Rosenbaum, M.Ed., M.A. has been enthusiastically facilitating Our Whole Lives for the past eight years to young people in grades 5-12 in Medford, Arlington, Cambridge and Belmont in both church and community settings. An experienced Health Educator, she has led workshops on a wide array of topics including mindfulness, substance abuse, sexual assault, and eating disorders. She co-authored the chapter on Sexuality in Our Bodies, Ourselves (2005) and is on the Steering Committee for the Community Health Network Coalition (CHNA17). Lynn is also a musician and dancer, and a leader of improvisational CircleSings.

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Stephen Garschina-Bobrow is a father, educator, and musician who believes strongly in community. Since training in 2012, he has taught OWL for 5th/6th and 8th/9th grade students in Belmont and Arlington. A former high school Math teacher, Stephen now works to support public school leaders across the state. He has three daughters in grades 3, 10, and beginning college, is married to a public high school teacher, and raises a beloved family dog and some backyard chickens. He works towards creating a more equitable world, builds useful objects, and plays the trombone.

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