The Courage to Speak® Foundation
What We Do…
Ginger Katz along with her husband Larry presents substance use prevention programs to children, parents, educators, clergy, professionals and others at many forums including state and national conferences. With a team of experts the organization developed evidence based substance use curriculum evaluated and recommended by Yale School of Medicine. Many facilitators and teachers across the country implement the Courage to Speak Foundation student curriculum in elementary, middle and high schools as well as a single-session program for parents called Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101® which give parent tools to keep their children safe.
How It All Started
The Courage to Speak® Foundation was founded in 1996, shortly after Ginger and Larry Katz lost their son, Ian to a drug overdose. Since then, The Courage to Speak Foundation has been dedicated to fulfilling a promise Ginger made to Ian: She promised to do everything in her power to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family through her substance use prevention programs.
Who We Are
The Courage to Speak® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing a home, school and community approach to drug prevention through substance use prevention programs including presentations, community forums, evidenced based school curriculum, and parenting programs. The Foundation delivers social-emotional skill building programs to increase youth’s ability to live healthy lives and empowers parents with skills to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs. The Courage to Speak® substance use prevention programs were evaluated by Yale University School of Medicine and were found to produce significant positive changes in communication and behavior among students and parents…
Ginger Katz Talks About Drug Use Prevention
Social Emotional Learning
The foundation of the Courage to Speak® substance use prevention programs are teaching students essential social and emotional skills in school, that are reinforced by parents at home, and supported by community members through annual events.
Social Emotional Learning Theory is an evidence-based approach built upon teaching youth 5 core competencies: Self Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making.
According to research by the Collaborative for Social, Emotional, Learning, a meta-analysis study of over 270,000 students concluded that students who took part in programs based upon Social Emotional Learning Theory achieve the following.