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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Social Emotional Learning

The Courage to Speak Programs were developed to include lessons and skill building activities, taught by health class teachers and trained facilitators with easy to use manuals, that address each of these competencies and more at the elementary, middle and high school levels and are based upon many National Health Education Standards.

Through various social and emotional skill building activities such as: skillful emotional expression, group discussions, finding trusted adults to talk to, decision making strategies, drug refusal skills, effective communication, and many others, students and parents begin to understand and practice important skills they can use to feel confident to create a healthy lifestyle, free from drugs.

In addition to the inclusion of evidence-based activities, the Programs are continuously updated to meet the latest research and drug trends that effect our youth.

For example, to meet the needs of the Opioid Crisis in our nation and alarming vaping trends, we have recently developed a new parenting program titled “Courage to Speak®-Courageous Parenting 101 “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond” ™ and added fact-based lesson plans on vaping to our school curriculum.

Evaluated through independent research, including Yale University School of Medicine, the programs were found to produce significant positive changes in: social behavior, communication, understanding the risk of drug use, coping strategies and many others.

The tools and skills students and parents learn through the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Education Programs are the vehicle to a healthy and happier life, for themselves and their community. They come to learn the power of their voice: to advocate for themselves, for others and to end the silence surrounding drug use.

By utilizing an evidence-based, three tier approach to drug prevention education, you can be sure that your school and community will be positively impacted by The Courage to Speak® Foundation programs.

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