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To Communicate Effectively With Their Children About The Dangers Of Drugs"

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Click here to view the letter for Ian’s Race

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Couage to speak drug free family night 2014

Photos above by Richard Bonenfant 


Save The Date For The 10th Annual Courage to Speak® 
Empowering Youth to Be Drug Free Family Night



Click here to view the Save the Date
Click here to view the Family Night Letter
Click here to download Sponsorship Agreement
Click here to view the Press Release
Click here to view flyer
Click here to view the Flyer in Spanish
Click here to view the Raffle Flyer
Click here to view the Family Night Poster
Click here to view the Program






The Courage to Speak® Foundation will conduct a “Train the Trainer” program for new facilitators to teach Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101®. The training will take place on Thursday, November 7th, 2013 at 10am at the Connecticut Clearinghouse, 334 Farmington Ave, Plainville, CT. The Foundation will train social workers, teachers, prevention experts, law enforcement and other interested professionals who work with youth and families as facilitators to teach Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101® to parents in their communities, schools, youth and civic organizations and other forums. Launched in 2008, over 100 professional facilitators are credentialed by the Courage to Speak® Foundation to teach Courageous Parenting 101® to parents in English and Spanish in communities throughout CT, NY, MA, RI and MI.
For more information call (203) 831-9700 or email gkatz@couragetospeak.org and visit www.couragetospeak.org

To fill out an Application to become a Facilitator Click Here!
Click Here to See the Flyer
View the Press Release


A Lesson That Could Save Your Child's Life
Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101®
FREE Course for Parents Sign up Now!
October 30th, November 6th and 13th at 6:30pm

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is offering a FREE course for parents called Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101® in both English and Spanish at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT. As a prelude to the course, Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation will deliver the Courage to Speak® Presentation on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 at 6:30 pm, followed by session one. Sessions two and three are Wednesday, November 6th and 13th. This free program will give parents the tools to keep their children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. A Light dinner will be served. For more information call (203) 831-9700 or email gkatz@couragetospeak.org and visit www.couragetospeak.org. Please call if child care is needed. You can also register online: https://www.formstack.com/forms/webregister-english 

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Click here to download race sponsor, volunteer, participant registration form

Click here to view the letter for Ian’s Race

Click here to for the press release



Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night March 2013

Photos above by Richard Bonenfant 



Families Empowered by Having the Courage to Speak®
By Andrew Brophy
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 

Andrea Mandujano, a fourth grade student at Brookside Elementary School
Andrea Mandujano, a fourth grade student at Brookside Elementary School, reads a letter to Ginger Katz, CEO
and founder of The Courage to SpeakAE Foundation, during the 9th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering 
Youth to Be Drug-Free Family Night at West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Photo: Amy Mortensen


In death, Ian Eaccarino is helping others fight against the addiction he couldn't overcome in life. Hundreds of Norwalk middle-school students made a pledge this year not to use drugs after hearing of Eaccarino's battle with drug addiction and accidental death from a heroin overdose at the age of 20.

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Kids urged to remain drug free, parents encouraged to speak out at West Rocks event 
By ROBIN KAMINSKI 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Marc Abubo from Brookside Elementary School shows off his anti-drug art
Marc Abubo from Brookside Elementary School shows off his anti-drug art which is among many on display by local 
students Tuesday at the 9th annual Courage To Speak Empowing Youth to be Drug Free Night at West Rocks School.
Hour photo/Matthew Vinci


NORWALK -- For the past 16 years, Ginger Katz has countlessly relived the painful story of her son Ian's drug overdose in an attempt to dissuade children from going down the same path.

On Tuesday, Katz once again reached out to children and parents to talk about the dangers of drugs at the ninth annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug-Free Family Night at West Rocks Middle School.

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March 19, 2013 

Norwalk Students Take Drug-Free Vows
By: Mike Peal

 

Students from across Norwalk vowed a drug free future Tuesday night at West Rocks middle school.

Tuesday marked the Courage to Speak Foundation's ninth annual drug free family night, which aims to do exactly what it sounds like: encourage families to stay drug free together.

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Courage to Speak Family Night is set, Katz meets Clinton



The Courage to Speak Foundation will hold its 9th annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to Be Drug-Free Family Night at 5:15 p.m. on March 19, at West Rocks Middle School.

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Foundation Gives Students Courage to Speak - West Rocks to host 9th annual drug prevention event 
By: Mike Peal

            
Ginger Katz knows a little bit about a drug free community.  She's been advocating for one for 16 years -- ever since her own son, Ian, died of a drug overdose.
 
"I wasn't ashamed of my son," Katz says.  "He was a good kid but he made an unhealthy decision to use drugs.  And I was not going to lie about him."

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YOU’RE INVITED!

Click here to view a letter from Ginger inviting you to Family Night
Click here to view the Family Night Invitation Flyer
Click 
here to view the Family Night Poster
Click here to view the Family Night Letter
Click here to view Sponsorship Agreement
Click here to view the Press Release
Click here to view the Save the Date
Click here to listen to the radio interview of Ginger Katz 




Click Here Listen to this Radio Interview
of Ginger Katz with John Voket talking
about the 9th Annual Courage to Speak
Empowering Youth to be Drug Free
Family Night!

***fast-forward to the 45-minute mark
to hear the segment with Ginger (you
may need to download the audio file to
your computer then click to play it on
your designated music software)

                          

The Courage to Speak® Foundation will conduct a “Train the Trainer” program for new facilitators to teach Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101®. The training will take place on Wed. May 1st, 2013 at 10am at The Courage to Speak Foundation Office, 71 East Ave, Suite M, 2nd Floor, Norwalk, CT or Wed, May 8th, 2013 at 10:30am at Plainville Public Library, 56 East Main St., Plainville, CT. The Foundation will train social workers, teachers, prevention experts, law enforcement and other interested professionals who work with youth and families as facilitators to teach Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101® to parents in their communities, schools, youth and civic organizations and other forums. Launched in 2008,109 professional facilitators are credentialed by the Courage to Speak® Foundation to teachCourageous Parenting 101® to parents in English and Spanish in communities throughout CT, NY, MA, RI and MI.

To fill out an Application to become a Facilitator Click Here!
Click Here to See the Flyer
View the Press Release



Save The Date For The 9th Annual Courage to Speak® 
Empowering Youth to Be Drug Free Family Night

Click here to view the Save the Date
Click here to view the Family Night Letter
Click here to view Sponsorship Agreement
Click here to view the Press Release


A Lesson That Could Save Your Child's Life 
Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101®
Free Course for Parents Sign up Now
October 4, 11 and 18 at 6 pm

The Courage to Speak® Foundation a free course for parents called Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101® in both English and Spanish at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT. As a prelude to the course, Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation will deliver the Courage to Speak® Presentation on Thursday, October 4th, 2012 at 6:30 pm, followed by session one. Sessions two and three is Thursday, October 11th and 18th,. This free program will give parents the tools to keep their children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. Light dinner will be served. For more information, contact Ginger Katz at (203) 831-9700 and gkatz@couragetospeak.org and visit www.couragetospeak.org. Please call if child care is needed. You can also register online: http://www.formstack.com/landing/WebRegister-WestRocks



We hear about tragic true stories like this every day on the news – but it doesn’t have to happen to your child. Come and hear a powerful presentation by Ginger Katz, who founded The Courage to Speak® Foundation with her husband Larry in 1996. The organization’s goal is to foster open communication between teens and parents, so that parents may keep their children safe and help their teens make healthy decisions.

WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 15, 6 to 9 p.m.
WHERE: Amarante’s Sea Cliff, 62 Cove Street, New Haven
EMCEE: Award-winning Channel 8 newscaster Jocelyn Maminta

See flyer here



COURAGE TO SPEAK® FOUNDATION LAUNCHES
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTER 
OPEN HOUSE 
Targeting Substance Abuse and Parent-Child Communication with Knowledge



The Courage to Speak Foundation Family Resource Center contains educational brochures, pamphlets, books, literature, and DVDs, and include a lending library and a children’s activity area.  Resource materials will be available in English and Spanish, thus addressing the needs of the Spanish speaking population. The Resource Center is conveniently located a few short blocks from Norwalk City Hall with ample parking and is on the city bus route. The Center will reinforce and enhance the long time mission of the foundation: saving lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs.



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