Sunny’s Story

A drug prevention book written by a mother who lost her son to a drug overdose from the viewpoint of the family beagle, Sunny. It's a great learning tool for kids, parents, teachers, and others.

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Educational Programs & Curriculum

Learn more about Courage to Speak® substance use prevention education programs for Elementary, Middle, and High School students.

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COURAGE TO SPEAK – Presentation

The Courage To Speak® Drug Prevention Presentation

In this dynamic, riveting and thought-provoking presentation, nationally renowned prevention 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 drug prevention education 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.

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The Courage to Speak® Foundation’s Program for Grades 4-6(8 Sessions) teaches young children to follow healthy lifestyles and avoid drug use and substance abuse. The drug prevention program for young children is implemented by teachers in schools and supports children in avoiding illegal drugs by giving them a toolbox of knowledge and refusal skills.

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These innovative school-based programs target middle school-age groups particularly vulnerable to using gateway drugs such as tobacco, alcohol, marijuana and prescription drugs. Based on national standards for effective drug prevention programs, the substance abuse prevention programs are carefully designed to inspire students to resist drugs, say no to drugs and help them make healthier decisions.

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This program provides students in grades 9-12 with the knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy decisions and resist the pressure to use drugs and abuse drugs. This comprehensive drug prevention program incorporates lessons that address communication, decision-making, risk reduction, problem solving and goal setting to empower high school students to avoid drug use and resist drug addiction. Read more about the High School Program

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The Courage to Speak® Foundation’s Program for After School is based on the book Sunny’s Story. This innovative after school drug prevention program targets the 4th through 8th grade. This program is adapted from the scientifically proven Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Program for Elementary Schools.

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