Empower young people to stand up for what matters.

Created in collaboration with children and teens, Owning Up Curriculum helps young people identify and be critical of social issues in their lives―from bullying and harassment in the classroom to systems of power and oppression in the world around them. While there is no one-size-fits-all curriculum, Owning Up Curriculum takes us leaps forward by:

  • Designing sessions to be easily facilitated by a school counselor, teacher, leader, or other professional in small group settings
  • Combining discussions, games, and role-playing to engage adolescents in the complexities of social culture
  • Exploring critical topics such as media analysis, gender, sexual harassment, racism, gossip, and self-image

Owning Up Curriculum teaches young people to understand their individual development in relation to group behavior, the influence of social media on their conflicts, and the dynamics that lead to discrimination and bigotry.

Whether you’re teaching in a school, a team, or a youth-serving organization, the Owning Up Curriculum is a flexible, dynamic curriculum that respects your knowledge of the young people you work with and the communities in which you serve.

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If you are interested in bringing Owning Up to your community but need help doing so, check out this worksheet to identify goals, constraints, support system, and timeline.

“The Owning Up curriculum provides a relevant, current, and kid-friendly framework that uses students' language to teach them social justice. It is dynamic and engaging and my students are excited to come each week to learn more strategies to make the middle years easier.”

Katey McPherson Secondary Administrator, Gilbert, AZ and Executive Director, The Gurian Institute

“Owning Up is an invaluable curriculum. I have used it consistently for 15 years in many settings. It is particularly relevant for middle schoolers, who need guidance in the operations of social culture and how to navigate the often treacherous landscape of relationships through middle school and beyond. Owning Up is a necessary tool for teaching effective interpersonal skills and social consciousness.”

Julie Baron LCSW-C, Former Middle School Counselor, Adolescent Therapist, and co-author of What Works With Teens 2016-07-09

“The Owning Up curriculum provides a relevant, current, and kid-friendly framework that uses students′ language to teach them social justice. It is dynamic and engaging and my students are excited to come each week to learn more strategies to make the middle years easier.