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Child and Youth Lesson Plans and Overviews

Office of Minor and At-Risk Adult Protection

As of June 2020 the Archdiocese uses VIRTUS® – Teaching Safety: Empowering God’s Children as the only Safe Environment curriculum for children and youth in Religious Education and Catholic Schools.  All necessary materials for lesson leaders are available on the VIRTUS® website.

Parish DREs/Catechists & School Principals/Teachers

Children’s Program tab request form -Submit to receive access to the educator materials on VIRTUS or contact or .

Empowering God’s Children Orientation Webinar  -View these videos for a 1-hour overview of the VIRTUS curriculum and requirements for 2021 as well as some great insights from fellow DREs on how to implement the program.

Webinar in English (Start at 3:35 timestamp)
Webinar en Español

VIRTUS Lesson Leader Orientation module –  A 25-minute online training module that equips lesson leaders (catechists or parents) to successfully teach the Teaching Safety lessons. It provides specific material about foundational concepts, logistics, and how to navigate child disclosures and reporting. Contact or for instructions to access this module.

Template Parent Letters – Download customizable letters for parents with information about the EGP lessons and resources as well as opt-out/acknowledgment forms.

Lesson Leader Led Program Information/Optional Opt-Out Form
Lesson Leader Led Program Information/Optional Opt-Out Form (Spanish)

Parent Led Program Info and Acknowledgement Form
Parent Led Program Info and Acknowledgement Form (Spanish)

Parent and Lesson Leader Resources

For information on Parent-Led Specific Lesson Plans contact or

Empowering God’s Children Program OverviewTeaching Boundaries and Safety GuideQuick Reference Guide
Safe Practices for Online Distance Learning – Guidelines developed by the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Schools