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The Courage to Speak® Foundation.

Date: October 21, 2011
CONTACT: Virginia “Ginger” Katz
PHONE: 1-203-831-9700

Knowledge is Power

Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® A Lesson to Save a Child’s Life

Over 100 People Attended Session One of the Program – Parents Can Still Sign Up for Sessions Two & Three

It is a fact that our children will be offered alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, often many times, starting in middle school and continuing through high school. What can you do about this? Learn about substance abuse and gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep your children safe.

A free parent education series, entitled Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® developed by the Courage to Speak® Foundation is being offered in English and Spanish at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT. The kick-off to this three-session course was presented by nationally renowned speaker Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 20, 2011. The Courage to Speak® Presentation empowers students, parents and educators to break the silence surrounding drug use and find healthy solutions.

Over 100 people attended the Presentation and first session of Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101®, 50 of which took the course in Spanish. Sessions two and three will continue Thursday, October 27th and November 3rd at 6:30 pm. A light meal will be served. The course is taught in English by Dawn Roy, MSW and in Spanish by Mille Seguinot, Community Health Educator. Parents are learning effective communication strategies; gain confidence to talk to their children about the dangers of drugs; understand how to set clear rules and boundaries with their children related to use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs; and gain confidence in knowing how to deal with substance use among their children.

The course covers: teen drug use trends and party culture; guidance to help reduce the risk of substance use; how to help your child handle stress; warning signs; what to do if use or abuse is suspected and much more. Parents will also develop improved listening and communication skills, which have been shown to be a critical factor in prevention.

Parents who were not able to attend the first session are invited to come to the following two sessions. Childcare is available with advance notice. For additional information contact: Ginger Katz (203) 831-9700 email and visit