Drug Prevention Education Presentation
Virtual Presentations Available!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Courage to Speak Foundation now offers the Courage to Speak Presentation for students, parents, educators, and community members virtually.
Please click the following link Drug Prevention Program Request to request more information on our Drug Prevention Education Programs and Services or call the office at 203-831-9700.
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.
Drug Prevention Education Speaker Connecting to Teens
Ginger reaches young people like few others can. Through her presentations, she implores listeners to follow the positive passions in their lives. A central theme of Ginger’s work is that young people should cultivate relationships with three to five trusted adults with whom they are able to share their problems and innermost thoughts. Her presentations frequently elicit responses-in person or via email and letters-from parents who are seeking help for a family member, or from young people wanting to share their problems as a result of hearing the Courage to Speak presentation. Some youngsters are in a serious crisis. The Courage to Speak is committed to responding immediately and provides referrals where needed.
Drug Prevention Education Speaker Connecting to Parents
Speaking as a parent who has experienced the ultimate loss, Ginger inspires people to step forward, assess their situation, and address their problems. But her riveting presentation isn’t filled with sadness. Ginger’s words overflow with hope and promise that the courage to speak – about fears, drug dependence, or any troubling issue – presents an ideal opportunity for healing.
Through Ginger’s story, and the life-saving prevention information it contains, students and parents begin to recognize the telltale signs of alcohol and other drug use. She also describes the veils behind which those signs hide: anger, denial, fear, pain and deception.
Ian’s Story – The Heart of the Courage to Speak® Foundation
My son Ian died on September 10, 1996 in his sleep of an overdose. He was only twenty years old. After he died, one by one, his friends began to come to me. We were all in such pain. I sat and listened, torn between anger and agony, as slowly they began to talk about what had really been going on.
Anger doesn’t help. Ian’s friends and his family have to heal. We have to find the courage to speak before it is too late for so many other young people like my son who are in danger of becoming addicted to drugs. Ian was bright, handsome, athletic and popular. If this could happen to him, it could happen to anyone.
Drug Prevention Education Presentation Audiences
A typical presentation consists of five age-appropriate programs designed for different aspects of the community:
- Elementary School Students
- Middle School Students
- High School Students
- Teachers, Counselors, Health Class Teachers, Athletic Directors
- Local, State and National Conferences
- Law Enforcement
Examples of several National Conference and Platforms:
- Connecticut Education Association Summer Leadership Conference
- Massachusetts Teachers Association Summer Conference
- Connecticut School Counselors Conference
- CADCA National Youth Conference (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America)
- National Association of Drug Court Professionals
- National Association of Secondary School Principals
- National Association of Independent Schools
- CT Association of Schools Winter Conference
- PTA of CT and beyond
- US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration