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About Courage to Speak Foundation

The Courage To Speak Foundation Inc. is a nonprofit organization based in Norwalk, CT, whose mission is “to save lives by empowering youth to be drug-free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of drug and alcohol use.” Ginger Katz founded the organization in 1996, just months after her 20 year old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. She and her husband Larry Katz pledged that they would do all they could to help prevent such a tragedy from befalling another family. Since then, Ms. Katz has given nearly 1000 presentations reaching hundreds of thousands of individuals – young people and the adults who care about them. The Courage to Speak Foundation developed drug prevention programs for elementary, middle and high school students as well as parents through Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101®. Ms. Katz also has authored a new book called Sunny’s Story. A book for children of all ages; parents, grandparents, teachers, and others.

The Courage to Speak ® – Drug Prevention Education Presentation


Drug Prevention Education Presentation In this dynamic, riveting and thought-provoking drug prevention education presentation, nationally renowned drug prevention education speaker, Ginger Katz, Founder and CEO of The Courage To Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, shares the story of her son Ian’s losing battle with drugs. Ginger Katz has made over 1000 presentations throughout the country that have touched the hearts and minds of hundreds of thousands of students, parents, law enforcement professionals, educators, prevention specialists, religious groups and has spoken at state and national agencies and conferences. View Presentation Handout   Drug Prevention Education Speaker [...]

The Courage to Speak ® – Drug Prevention Education Presentation2019-10-28T02:56:59-05:00

Substance Abuse Education Programs for Youth


About Us - Substance Abuse Education Programs for Youth The Courage to Speak® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) providing substance abuse education programs for youth, and its mission is dedicated to " Saving lives by educating and empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to talk to their children about the danger of drugs." Ginger Katz presenting her substance abuse education program for youth. Ginger Katz along with her husband Larry presents to children, parents, educators, clergy, professionals and others at many forums including state and national conferences. With a team of experts the organization [...]

Substance Abuse Education Programs for Youth2019-10-25T11:29:10-05:00

Who We Are


Who We Are The Courage to Speak® Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose mission is dedicated to "saving lives by empowering youth to be drug-free and encouraging parents to communicate with their children about the danger of drugs."  The Courage to Speak® Foundation provides a home, school and community approach to drug prevention through presentations, community forums and research-based school curriculum and parenting programs. The organization 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 [...]

Who We Are2019-08-26T23:05:18-05:00

From Ian’s Parents


Parents Speak on Child Substance Abuse and Overdose Death Parents Ginger and Larry Katz speak on their child's substance abuse and overdose death. They share their thoughts and feelings about their son Ian’s life and his struggle with drugs. They tell not only of their feelings, but of the symptoms of heroin abuse that they saw. Photo by: Katherine Taylor for The New York Times Ginger’s account of Ian’s struggle with substance abuse: "I don't say I wish I'd done this or that differently. What I say is that I did the best that I could [...]

From Ian’s Parents2019-10-28T03:00:13-05:00

A Eulogy To Ian


Eulogy on Drug Abuse and the Dangers of Addiction Below is a eulogy on drug abuse and the dangers of addiction dedicated to Ian by his best friend. In the Eulogy, it talks about the fun times, sad times and the dangers of drug abuse that can end a friendship. Dear Ian, It's been three and a half years since you died, almost four. Sometimes I wonder how time could go by so quickly, especially when the first few weeks went by so slow. The nightmare I had a week after you died troubled me more than even [...]

A Eulogy To Ian2019-10-28T03:08:31-05:00

Drug Prevention Education Programs for Elementary School


Drug Prevention Education Programs for Elementary School Request This Program For Your School The Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Education Programs and Curriculum for Elementary School (grades 4-6) is an evidence based program that teaches students age appropriate social and emotional skills on living a healthy lifestyle, how and why to avoid drugs, communication and decision making strategies, and how to identify and avoid risky behaviors. The program is based on Sunny’s Story, a tale of family love and tragedy narrated through the eyes, ears, and mind of Sunny, the pet beagle. View Elementary School Handout The reading of [...]

Drug Prevention Education Programs for Elementary School2019-10-23T21:26:47-05:00

Parents Guide to Getting Involved


Warning Signs That Your Child May Be Using Drugs: A Parents' Guide to Getting Involved Since mood swings and unpredictable behavior are frequent occurrences for preteens and teenagers, you may find it difficult to spot signs that your child may be using drugs. But if your child starts to exhibit one or more of these signs (which apply equally to sons and daughters) drug abuse may be at the heart of the problem: Withdrawn, depressed, tired, and careless about personal grooming. Hostile and uncooperative; and frequently breaks curfews. Relationships with family members have deteriorated. Hanging around with a [...]

Parents Guide to Getting Involved2019-11-07T14:54:23-05:00

Drug Facts and Dangers of Abuse


Drug Facts and Dangers of Abuse Please be aware that each of these drug facts include the symptoms and dangers of abuse. FACT: All of these drugs can lead to addiction. FACT: All of these drugs can lead to a premature and unnecessary death. Tobacco & Nicotine Street Names: (Cigarettes) smokes, cigs, butts (Smokeless Tobacco) chew, dip, spit tobacco, snus, snuff (Hookahs, Bidis) Risks: Harms immune system and nearly every organ in your body Long-Term Effects: Cancer, lung disease, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, infant related death due to mothers smoking during pregnancy Alcohol Street Names: Drink, booze, brew, hooch, moonshine Risks: Can [...]

Drug Facts and Dangers of Abuse2019-10-23T22:49:39-05:00

Book a Potential Presentation


Preventing Tragedy In Our Schools As the mother of a young man whose dreams and life came to an end because of drugs, Ginger Katz shares a powerful and moving story that truly saves lives. After hearing Ginger’s story: Young people have shared their new decision to never start using drugs and to seek help if they are already using. Parents have committed to becoming more involved in the lives of young people. Youth, parents, educators and community members have committed to breaking the silence when they see someone in trouble, whether it be substance abuse, suicide, violence or other [...]

Book a Potential Presentation2019-06-26T22:26:38-05:00

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