Substance Use Prevention Presentations

for Youth and Adults

Youth Presentation

The Courage to Speak® Presentation: CEO and Founder Ginger Katz tells the story of her son Ian’s losing battle with drugs and provides insight into a young person’s journey into addiction, which began with cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana (in the 8th grade) that then led to his death from an overdose in Ian’s junior year of college. Over 1000 presentations have been made across the country to hundreds of thousands of students, parents, educators, civic organizations, corporations, and state and national conferences.

Youth come away from the presentation with tools and information to refuse drugs, make healthier life choices, and help those they suspect might be using drugs. They learn:

  • How important it is to identify 3-5 adults in their lives that they can share their secrets with for support.
  • How to develop clear decision-making strategies.
  • How to develop clear refusal skill strategies.
  • The dangers of Fentanyl and how marijuana and vapes can be laced with Fentanyl.
  • How enabling and denial perpetuates the disease of addiction.

Parents and Community Presentation

  • Courage to Speak Presentation presented by Ginger Katz, Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation, A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction. Same as above.
  • Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® “Parenting Through the Drug Crisis and Beyond”™: A single-session program for parents, which includes information specific to the growing drug crisis (including opioids and Fentanyl) and is capable of being delivered in one evening. Presented in two parts, Part 1 is A Mother’s Story of Her Son’s Addiction and Part 2 is presented by a facilitator and discusses the skills and tools parents can use to keep their children safe from the dangers of drugs. Over 155 facilitators have been trained to teach the program nationwide.

These programs help parents to:

  • Increase knowledge about children’s lives.
  • Increase ability to recognize warning signs of drug use.
  • Learn communication strategies with children on drugs.
  • Teach children drug refusal skills.
  • Help children cope effectively with stress and emotions.
  • Understand the dangers of Fentanyl which may be laced in marijuana, pills, and vapes.

For more information or to book a substance use prevention presentation for youth or adults in your community, please call 203-831-9700 or email

The Courage to Speak® Foundation – 144 East Ave., Suite #200, Norwalk, CT 06851 – 203-831-9700