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Elementary Substance Abuse Curriculum

Students participate in the elementary school substance abuse curriculumThe Courage to Speak® Foundation’s substance abuse curriculum for Grades 4-6 (9 lessons) teaches young children to follow healthy lifestyles and avoid drug use and substance abuse. This 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. The program is based on Sunny’s Story.

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Middle School Substance Abuse Curriculum

Students participate in the middle school substance abuse curriculum
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 curriculum and 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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High School Substance Abuse Curriculum

Students participate in the high school substance abuse curriculum

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 substance abuse curriculum 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.

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As Part of the Substance Abuse Curriculum Children Express Their Feelings Through Artwork

Here is some of the artwork created by the students from Abigail Adams Middle School in Weymouth, Massachusetts.  After they read Sunny’s Story, our drug prevention book, the health class teacher implemented our substance abuse curriculum for 4th through the 8th grades, which gave the children the ability to express their personal feelings through their own art.

After School Substance Abuse Curriculum

Students participate in the after-school substance abuse curriculum

The Courage to Speak Foundation’s Program for After School is based on the book Sunny’s Story. This innovative after school substance abuse curriculum targets the 4th through 8th grade. This program is adapted from the scientifically proven Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Program for Elementary Schools. Students take part in art and creative writing activities.

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The Courage to Speak 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 one-thousand drug prevention education presentations throughout the country.

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Courage to Speak Courageous Parenting 101

Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101® is taught by professional facilitators recruited from the ranks of teachers, school administrators, substance abuse professionals and others with a background in the prevention field. All facilitators are trained and certified by the Courage to Speak® Foundation designed to help parents understand the impact of drug abuse on youth.

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Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101®  “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis.”

Single Session Program For Parents

This adapted version of our popular Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101®, includes information specific to the Opioid Crisis that is affecting our nation. This drug prevention education program combines the powerful Courage to Speak® Presentation by Ginger Katz and the brand new “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis” program, delivered by a trained facilitator in the field of substance abuse, offering parents a Double Dose of Prevention™.

The program is designed specifically to help parents gain a better understanding of the current opioid epidemic, and ways they can prevent it from happening in their homes. The development of this program was funded by the CT Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

DMHAS Opioid Support Access Line 1(800)563-4086

Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101® – For Facilitator’s Training

As a facilitator of our parenting program, you will give parents the tools and knowledge required to communicate more effectively with their children on substance abuse issues. It is expected that participating parents will demonstrate an active role in supporting children’s decisions to not use tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs. They will also develop improved listening and communication skills, which have been shown to be a critical factor in the prevention of substance abuse by young people.

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Substance Abuse Book ~ Sunny’s Story: How to Save a Young Life from Drugs

Sunny’s Story, written by Ginger Katz, is one of the substance abuse books that is written for all ages. It is a compelling story for children, teenagers, parents, grandparents, teachers and more. Sunny’s Story tells of joyful times and sad times, and of how a dog’s best friend was needlessly lost to drug abuse.

It is narrated through the eyes, ears and mind of Sunny, the family beagle. The story tells the ups and downs of life with his young master Ian, beginning with their meeting at an animal shelter, and ending with a futile effort to ward off disaster.

Sunny’s Story is read at many dinner tables across the country, in schools, and libraries as part of the Courage to Speak substance abuse curriculum for elementary, middle and high school students.

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Annual Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth to be Drug-free Family Night

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The Annual Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night is an exciting media event that offers a complimentary dinner and celebrates the commitment of the students that have participated in the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Education Programs in classes at their school. The event brings is hundreds of people to celebrate the work of the students who participated in the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Education Curricula.

The event features the Courage to Speak Presentation by Ginger Katz, Founder, which provides a first hand understanding of substance abuse and its impact on families.

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Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth to be Drug-free Family Night


Courage to Speak® Support Group ~ Helping Each Other Heal

We belong to a club that none of us ever wanted to join.

We are the parents and siblings of young people who died too soon because of drugs. We are ordinary people who could be your neighbors, your co-workers or members of your faith community. We loved our children and tried to be the best parents we could be. But drugs took them from us, and some days the grief is still unbearable. Drug abuse is an equal opportunity killer. It is not confined to one kind of neighborhood, one socioeconomic group, or one kind of kid. Drugs simply do not discriminate.

We are reaching out to parents like us in hopes that all of our lives will become a little easier.We established the Courage to Speak Support Group in 2002 and hundreds of parents and other family members have walked though our door.

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