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Passing of OWLs

No, that's not a Harry Potter reference. As I've mentioned a time or several, I'm a facilitator for the Our Whole Lives lifespan sexuality education curriculum put together by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. Since January, four area UU churches (including my own) have been running the grades 7-9 program, and I've had the honor of serving as one of the classes' facilitators.

Tonight, we had our final class. We brought the parents in and did a couple of exercises (the youth beat the parents in the Jeopardy! game). We gave the youth certificates, as well as copies of Changing Bodies, Changing Lives, which is an excellent resource for both teens and their parents. The parents were appreciative, and the youth learned a lot.

And for me? I've done another little bit to make the world a better place. There are sixteen youth out there tonight who have a better understanding of sex and sexuality thanks to me and my fellow facilitators. They're much less likely to make dumb decisions, or participate or acquiesce in abuse. And they'll be sixteen more people who can call bullshit when misinformation circulates among their peers - which will help other youth I'll never meet.

Not a bad few months work, if I do say so myself.

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