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The Owning Up™ Curriculum provides a structured program for teaching students to own up and take responsibility–as perpetrators, bystanders, and targets–for unethical behavior. The curriculum is designed for adolescent groups in schools and other settings.

The Owning Up™ Curriculum presents a unique and comprehensive approach to preventing youth violence by targeting the root causes of bullying and other forms of social cruelty. It exposes the cultural expectations that teach young people to humiliate and dehumanize others as the way to achieve power and respect, then challenges them to transform this dynamic. The program also addresses the nuanced ways in which racism, classism, and homophobia are expressed in our culture and affect social cruelty and violence.

Separate sessions for girls and for boys combine group discussions, games, role-playing, and other activities to engage students in understanding the complexities of adolescent social culture. Students learn to recognize that they have a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity and to speak out against social cruelty and injustice.

The Owning Up™ model has been used successfully with thousands of youth in schools and organizations – helping to create a climate of safety, respect, and dignity.


A brand new, updated and revised version of the Owning UpTM Curriculum has been published for 2009 by Research Press.

The revised Owning Up™ Curriculum features:

  • 17 sessions each for boys and girls
  • In-depth instructions and easy to follow layouts
  • Rosalind’s innovative media literacy analysis
  • Added bonus activities
  • Updated Resource Guide
  • Pretest & Post test
  • CD-ROM of reproducible handouts

About the Sessions

The Owning Up™ Curriculum provides separate sequences of sessions for girls and for boys, each consisting of a total of 17 sessions. The program can be successfully taught in co-ed settings. These sessions are designed to help students achieve the following specific objectives:

  • Identify and discuss behaviors and attitudes associated with groups, popularity, trust, exclusion, and bullying.
  • Understand anger and how it can influence behavior and learn a strategy to enable them to communicate when angry.
  • Develop a plan of action when a friend or group demeans you or someone else.
  • Recognize the influence of popular culture on individuals’ behavior and decision making.
  • Examine how a boy’s or girl’s self-image affects behavior and attitudes toward others.
  • Develop an understanding of how culture affects interactions between boys and girls and learn skills for communicating effectively.
  • Understand the concept of reputations and the challenges in staying away from gossip.
  • Define cyberbullying, understand its impact, and brainstorm solutions.
  • Define sexual harassment, recognize and respect boundaries, and become aware of policies relating to sexual harassment.
  • Promote understanding of the differences between healthy and abusive relationships.
  • Identify and strengthen support networks and personal standards of dignity.



  1. Getting Started
  2. Understanding and Using SEAL
  3. Cliques and Roles in Girl World / Groups and Roles in Boy World
  4. Friendship Is Not a Joke
  5. What’s Up with Guys? / What’s Up with Girls?
  6. Perpetual Beauty Pageant / Ripped and Shredded
  7. Know Your Image
  8. Understanding Media and Culture
  9. Reputations and the Double Standard
  10. Technology and Girl World / Technology and Boy World
  11. Sexual Harassment
  12. Knowing When to Date and When to Dump
  13. Saying Yes and Saying No
  14. When Relationships Go Bad
  15. Abusive Relationships are Everyone’s Business
  16. Support—Giving It and Getting It
  17. Transforming Girl World and Concluding the Program / Transforming Boy World and Concluding the Program


  1. He Says, She Says: A Conversation About the Opposite Sex
  2. Owning Up Curriculum Pretest/Posttest
  3. Social Justice Protocols


Boys Session 7

Girls Session 16

SEAL Steps

Program Evaluation

We utilize pre and post testing and are focused on outcomes. A large-scale evaluation of the Owning Up Curriculum was conducted in 2001. You may view the complete report here: Evaluation Report 2001 (here’s a link to the report – can we make it downloadable?)

New surveys were created for the revised 2009 edition of the Owning Up™ Curriculum, and we will update this site with the results of those surveys as they are collected:

Pretest/Posttest: Grades 6-8

Pretest/Posttest: Grades 9-12