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July 9th to July 11th 2017: The National of Secondary School Principals Conference. Education Ginger Katz will be presenting the Courage to Speak Presentation and describing the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Curricula.









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February 3, 2017

GINGER KATZ TO SPEAK AT TWO CONFERENCES IN THE WASHINGTON, D.C. AREA FEBRUARY 7th

SHE WILL BE SPEAKING AT THE ANTI DRUG COALITIONS OF AMERICA, A NATIONAL SUBSTANCE ABUSE PREVENTION CONFERENCE AND AT THE NATIONAL NARCOTIC OFFICERS ASSOCIATIONS COALITION TO DISCUSS THE CURRENT OPIOID AND HEROIN EPIDEMIC.

Norwalk, CT - Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation, is headed to the Washington, D.C. area to join more than 2,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 26th Annual National Leadership Forum, and the National Narcotic Officers Association Coalition.

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October 10, 2016

Knowledge is Power: Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® -The Lesson That Could Save Your Child’s Life

It is a fact that our children will be offered alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, often many times, starting in middle school and continuing through high school. What can you do about this? Learn about substance abuse and gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep your children safe. 

A free parent education series, entitled Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® developed by experts with the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be offered at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk CT. The first of the two-session course will be taught by Larry Katz, MS and former Social Worker with the State of Connecticut, Child Welfare Division, and Co-Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation. As a prelude to the course, Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation will deliver the Courage to Speak®  Presentation at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016, followed by session one. Session two will continue Thursday, November 17th at 6:00 pm. The course will be taught by Carlos Reinoso Jr., MSMOL, BHCC. A light dinner will be served at 5:30pm during both sessions. Child care will be available with reservation.

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Addiction Awareness Event Scheduled For Sept. 27


The Courage To Speak Foundation CEO Ginger Katz will discuss substance abuse and addiction in Milton.
By Kristal Dixon (Patch Staff) - September 20, 2016 2:46 pm ET


Addiction Awareness Event Scheduled For Sept. 27

MILTON, GA -- A church in Milton will host an event next week to inform local residents about the perils of drug addiction.

The Courage To Speak Foundation will bring its addiction awareness discussion to Birmingham United Methodist Church at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27.

Fulton County District 2 Commissioner Bob Ellis, along with members of the Fulton County Youth Commission, are slated to attend next week's event.

During the discussion, residents will hear from foundation founder Ginger Katz, who will give a presentation about substance abuse and addiction.

Katz will go over how to recognize the warning signs; addiction and its impact on families; the code of silence and its dangers; how to identify risky behaviors and friendships; and what to do if you suspect your child is using drugs or alcohol.

The foundation was created in 1996 after Katz, and husband Larry, lost their son, Ian, to a drug overdose. Since its founding, the organization has been dedicated to preventing drug overdose deaths from affecting another families.

Birmingham United Methodist Church is located at 15770 Birmingham Highway. 


August 9, 2016



A look inside East Norwalk in August

The Courage to Speak Foundation will hold its 18th Annual “Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race” at 8 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Calf Pasture Beach.​

The race, promoted by Lightfoot Running Club, will be kicked off by Mayor Harry Rilling. In his continued support of the mission of the Courage to Speak Foundation, Rilling will address the runners at the start of the race. 


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Running Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces The 18th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race to take place on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT 

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, announced The 18th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race, which will take place on Saturday, August 13th at 8:00 am at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut and is promoted by the Lightfoot Running Club.

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May 23, 2016

By Kimberly Armstrong 
Courant Community              


Courage to Speak

Ian was 20 years old when his mother, Ginger Katz, found him dead of a heroin overdose in the basement of their Connecticut home.

Faced with the loss of their youngest child, doctors recommended that Katz and her husband, Larry, tell grieving relatives that he died of a heart attack or brain aneurysm to soften the blow.

Instead, as Ginger Katz lay awake the night before her son's funeral, she decided to speak out.

"I could not, would not, bury my son with a lie," she told parents at Stafford Middle School. "I felt very early on, if we don't address it, if we shove it under the rug, more people will die."

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In Memory of Ian James Eaccarino

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ian James Eaccarino’s death.

This blog is dedicated in Memory of  Ian. No more families should have to experience this devastating tragedy. According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) drug-related deaths have more than doubled since the early 1980s. There are more deaths, illness, and disabilities from substance abuse than from any other preventable health condition. Today, one in four deaths is attributable to alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use.

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hief of Police Thomas Kulhawik presenting at the Courage to Speak Drug Free Family Night 2016. It takes Courage to Speak®these words and that is what is going to take in every community. A community speaking out together multiplied by every community in our country. Things will improve only if we have the Courage to Speak® to do so.




  • By JEFF EYDT
March 7, 2016

Courage to Speak plans annual event on March 14

NORWALK -- Join Ginger Katz and The Courage to Speak for their 12th annual "Empowering the Youth to be Drug Free Family Night" event to help those with drug addiction on Monday, March 14. This is the Courage to Speak Foundation's 20th year in its mission to spread awareness and help save lives.

"Going to rehab is five to ten times more expensive than a college education," said Ginger Katz, founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation. "Even if your kids don't do drugs, we need to get the word out to help prevent and help those with drug addictions. The Courage to Speak Foundation has students invite their parents to the event to celebrate the work of drug prevention."


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Hour Staff Report

March 3, 2016

Blumenthal to hold forum addressing heroin epidemic

HARTFORD — Larry and Ginger Katz, co-founders of the Courage to Speak Foundation, and Darnell Crosland, president of the Norwalk NAACP, will be among those on hand Friday afternoon when U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal plays host to a forum to combat the heroin epidemic. The forum will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Southwest Community Health Center in Bridgeport.

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You're Invited!


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February 18, 2016


Courage to Speak Foundation’s 20th Year in Mission to Save Lives

“The 12th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug-Free Family Night”

The Courage to Speak Foundation was founded by Ginger Katz in 1996 after her son Ian died of an accidental heroin and prescription drug overdose.  Since then, it has been her mission to do everything in her power to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family.  This marks the 20th year fulfilling that mission.


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Ginger Katz to be Keynote Speaker at Parent University on October 24, 2015. This event will be held at Westhill High School in Stamford, Connecticut. Click here to see the Parent University Course Booklet.




Burlington High School parents attend 'Courage to Speak' drug addiction prevention presentation 

By Chris Warren
Posted Sep. 25, 2015 at 5:23 PM

BURLINGTON

When Ginger Katz took the stage at Burlington High School Sept. 17, she started by saying her son Ian died Sept. 10, 1996, due to an overdose of heroin mixed with Valium. He was 20 years old.

To save face, Ian's doctor suggested Katz tell people her son had died of an aneurysm. Instead, she told the truth.

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A Lesson That Could Save Your Child's Life
Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101®
FREE Course for Parents Sign up Now!
October 21st, October 28th and November 4th at 6:30pm

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is offering a FREE course for parents called Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101®  at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk, CT. The course will be taught by Carlos Reinoso Jr., MSMOL, BHCC, Director of Mid-Fairfield Substance Abuse Coalition at the Human Services Council Connecticut.  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 21st, 2015 at 6:30 pm, followed by session one.  Sessions two and three are Wednesday, October 28th and November 4thThis free program will give parents the tools to keep their children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors.  A Light dinner will be served at 6:00pm during all three sessions. 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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Drug Prevention Night Moves Audience To Tears

By: KATHERINE DU | March 17, 2015


The 11th Annual Courage To Speak Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night, the brainchild of Ginger Katz, took place on March 16 at West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk.

After her son Ian passed away in 1996 of a heroin overdose, Ginger had the choice to tell the world that he had died of a heart attack or an aneurism. She, instead, had a self-described “vision to speak out” that drove her not only to pen a drug prevention book titled Sunny’s Story, but also to found the Courage to Speak Foundation, which developed drug prevention education curricula for elementary, middle, and high schools around the nation. Her program has reached 16,800 students in Norwalk alone so far.

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Norwalk Takes Anti-Drug Stance At Courage To Speak Night

by Casey Donahue  03/17/15

NORWALK, Conn. -- The Norwalk community gathered at West Rocks Middle School on Monday night for the annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night.

The night was hosted by the Courage to Speak Foundation, whose founder, Norwalk mom Ginger Katz, lost her son Ian to a drug overdose in 1996. Since her son's death she has worked to develop drug prevention curriculum and programs for schools to teach kids about the dangers of drugs and some refusal techniques. Her book, "Sunny's Story" tells her family's tale through the eyes of their pet beagle and has become regular reading in Norwalk schools and other districts around the state.


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IN PHOTOS: Courage To Speak Family Night Program At West Rocks School
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The Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug-Free Family Night and Media Event: Students Speak Out!

The 11th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to Be Drug-Free Family Night will take place on Monday, March 16, 2015, 5:45 p.m., at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, in Norwalk (snow date:  March 19).  All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. Refreshments will be served.

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Read what Laureen Mody, Assistant Principal of Cloonan Middle School said:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Katz

Words are just not enough to express our thanks …your powerful presentation reached and impacted our scholars today, and I know that there will be a movement towards change after listening to you.

Thank you ever so much for sharing your passion, your dedication, and your love for life.

Ian’s life was not in vain and he will live on in your work.

Thank you also for the resources …I will share them with the faculty and we will be in touch to order Sunny’s Story books.

Thank you again

Laureen Mody

Assistant Principal

Cloonan Middle School



Posted: Saturday, August 9, 2014
By BOB BIRGE
Hour Correspondent

NORWALK -- Many of the runners who participated in Saturday's 16th annual Ian Eaccarino Memorial Race at Calf Pasture Beach did so because they feel a personal connection to Ginger and Larry Katz.

The nine-mile race, the fourth of five progressively longer races in the Norwalk Lightfoot Summer Series, is run in memory of the Katz's son who died from a drug overdose in 1996 at the age of 20.

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Norwalk mother delivers anti-drug message to Greenwich High students
Posted on April 11, 2014 By Paul Schott

Ginger Katz knows how to make a point to a large group.

That ability has come from a deep-seated passion and extensive public-speaking experience. But that career has tragic origins: Her 20-year-old son, Ian Eaccarino, died from an accidental heroin overdose in September 1996.

The same year, Katz and her husband, Larry, founded The Courage to Speak Foundation, which educates youth about drugs and encourages parents to speak with their children about drugs’ dangers. She has since delivered more than 1,000 presentations to hundreds of thousands of people, including students, teachers, parents, law-enforcement officials and clergy members.

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Ginger Katz visited Greenwich High School on Thursday to talk about her son, Ian. About 200 students filed into the auditorium and Wellness Teacher Kathy Steiner introduced Katz, who described her son as having had a big heart, which she attributed partly to his sister, Candace, who has Downs Syndrome.

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Heroin and New Canaan: Parenting

By: MICHAEL DINAN | March 20, 2014

Nancy Welch moved to New Canaan 10 years ago with her husband and three kids.


"At one month old, Ian was such a beautiful baby. He was perfect. I felt
so blessed." —Ginger Katz with her son, Ian. 

With one child now at each level in New Canaan Public Schools, Welch said she has become increasingly concerned about what officials are calling a rise in recent years of heroin’s availability and use in New Canaan and the region.

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Drug Free Vows Ring Through Norwalk
By: Kwegyirba Croffie
Norwalk, CT | Added on March 19, 2014 At 11:53 AM
   
"In honor of Ian, I promise never to try, take or abuse drugs and to encourage others to do the same"
"I am now positive that I will never do drugs for any reason," said Robbie, a seventh grader at Roton Middle School.

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COURAGE TO SPEAK EMPOWERING YOUTH TO BE DRUG FREE FAMILY NIGHT

The 10th Annual Courage To Speak Empowering Youth to Be Drug Free Family Night will take place on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 5:15 p.m., at West Rocks Middle School in Norwalk (Snow date:  March 20).  All are invited to the event, which will bring students, parents, educators, school and government officials, business and community leaders together to affirm their commitment to keep our children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors.

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Courage to Speak Education Makes an Impact
By: Kwegyirba Croffie
Norwalk, CT | Added on February 27, 2014 At 02:18 PM
   
The health curriculum at West Rock Middle School is taking a different approach to keeping kids drug-free.

By combining traditional warnings with personal pledges to stay drug-free, the Courage to Speak Foundation curriculum is making kids active participants.

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Couage to speak drug free family night 2014

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Everyone is talking about heroin in Norwalk.
Written by Leslie Yager
March 19, 2014

Along with their parents, children as young as grade school and middle school attended the 10th annual Courage to Speak family night on Tuesday at West Rocks Middle School to talk about drugs.


Seventh-grader Jason Iverson with sister Bryana, a third  
grader, and their mother Firmina King who grew up
in 
 
Waterbury in the 90s when she said the drugs of choice 
 
were cocaine and acid.

“It was sad and emotional,” West Rocks 7th grader Jason Iverson said, describing Ginger Katz’s visit to his school to talk about her 20-year-old son’s death in 1996 of a heroin overdose.

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Ginger Katz

February 3, 2014

ADDICTION - DRUGS DON’T DISCRIMINATE

On September 10, 1996, I lost my 20-year-old son, Ian, to a drug overdose just before he was going into a rehabilitation program the next day. Ian had used marijuana, tobacco and other drugs in high school. At one point he was picked up by an officer at a park with two other boys. He was scolded and told to go home. The officer said “If I ever find you in this town again with any drugs, I will arrest you. Now go home.”

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COURAGE TO SPEAK CLASS TO STRESS PARENTING SKILLS

By Matt Coyne
HourStaff writer
October 2013

NORWALK - The Courage to Speak Foundation is best known as an anti-drug organization, running workshops and programs to try to and keep children off drugs. While the foundation's upcoming Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101 classes will cover that, parents who take the three classes will leave with something more.

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

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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

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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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A mother’s antidrug message inspires youth to be drug free and motivates her local high school principal to do all he can to
shield his students from drug abuse.



Lightfoot runners race in memory of Eaccarino

Andy Hutchison
Wednesday, July 31, 2013


Norwalk's Samuel Valencia, left, sprints to the finish of the 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial -Mile Race.
Norwalk's Samuel Valencia, left, sprints to the finish of the 15th Annual Ian James
Eaccarino Memorial -Mile Race. Also pictured is Wilton's Steven Curceau. Valencia was
67th in a time of 1:20:39 and Curceau was 68th in 1:20:41. Contributed Photo / Andy Hutchis


Completing a 9-mile run is quite a feat, but participants in the 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race last Saturday were running to accomplish more than fast times, personal bests or an age category award.

The race, which started and finished at Calf Pasture Beach, is part of the Lightfoot Running Club's summer series, and is held in honor of Eaccarino, who died as a result of a drug overdose at the age of 20 back in 1996.

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As one of the original members of the Lightfoot Running Club, Larry Katz has seen the Norwalk summer racing series increase in popularity over the years.

Now 73 years old, Katz ran in the New York City Marathon in 1983 and still volunteers at all the Norwalk races.

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Ginger Katz, CEO & Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation and author of Sunny's Story,a drug prevention book, appeared on the O'Reilly Factor. Ms. Katz talked about drug prevention education, prosecuting drug dealers and keeping our children safe. "Loosening the drug laws would create more drug use," Katz opined, "and that means more crime, more overdoses, and more kids dropping out of school. It wreaks havoc on our country."    Click here to view the video 

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May 9, 2013

Running Toward a Healthy Lifestyle

The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces The 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race to take place on Saturday, July 27, 2013 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT. 
 

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, announced The 15th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race, which will take place on Saturday, July 27th at 8:00 am at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut and is promoted by the Lightfoot Running Club.

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Local anti-drug crusader Katz to appear on O'Reilly Factor 
By LESLIE LAKE 
Thursday, May 2, 2013



Ginger Katz and Bill O'Reilly after her interview

NORWALK -- Viewers of the Fox News Channel O'Reilly Factor will see a familiar face on Friday night May 3rd at 8pm and 11pm as local anti-drug crusader Ginger Katz will join Bill O'Reilly to address the topic of reducing sentencing guidelines for drug dealers.

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Mother whose son died from drug overdose shares heart-rending story: Her book relates boy's tale through eyes of the family dog

By Andrea Bulfinch
abulfinch@fosters.com
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Courtesy photo Ginger Katz talks to seventh- and eighth-grade Dover Middle School students on Monday about the death of her 16-year-old son, Ian, from a drug overdose. She shares his story in a book titled "Sunny's Story," which tells Ian's story as seen through the eyes of the family dog.
Courtesy photo Ginger Katz talks to seventh- and eighth-grade
Dover Middle School students on Monday about the death of 
her 16-year-old son, Ian, from a drug overdose. She shares his
story in a book titled "Sunny's Story," which tells Ian's story
as seen through the eyes of the family dog.

DOVER — If one student can be saved from a fatal drug overdose, the work and time put into sharing her son's story will have been worth it for Ginger Katz, author of “Sunny's Story.”

The book tells the tale of her son Ian's death due to a drug overdose through the eyes of the family beagle. Dover Middle School students have each read the book and on Monday, heard from Katz herself as she spoke during two assemblies at the school with her husband Larry Katz, Ian's stepfather.

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Woman who lost son to drugs to tell Ian's Story
By Andrea Bulfinch
abulfinch@fosters.com
Saturday, April 6, 2013

DOVER — The story of Sunny the Beagle, a tragic tale of how a canine’s best friend was needlessly lost to drugs, will be told by “Sunny’s Story” author, Ginger Katz, to students at Dover Middle School Monday.


The story is inspired by the author’s son Ian’s losing battle with drugs.


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Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night March 2013

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Giving people the Courage to Speak in Westford
By Joyce Pellino 
Crane GateHouse News Service
March 30, 2013 

Ginger Katz founded the Courage to Speak in 1996, just months after her 20-year-old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. Katz is speaking at the Stony Brook Middle School, 9 Farmer Way, Tuesday, April 2 at 7 p.m. The Courage To Speak Foundation develops drug prevention curricula for elementary, middle and high school students as well as for parents through Courage to Speak -- Courageous Parenting 101. Katz speaks to parents and students of all ages. More information can be found at couragetospeak.org. The event is sponsored by Lowell General Hospital and the Westford Parent Connection.

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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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March, 15, 2013



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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March 08, 2013 


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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Empowering Youth to be Drug Free
Family Night!

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Teen drug use the focus of speaking event at New Canaan High
By Tyler Woods
Published Monday, February 18, 2013


Ginger Katz, founder of The Courage to Speak
Foundation, shared the story of her son's  drug use
with 
parents gathered at New Canaan High School
on Feb. 6, 2013. Katz warned parents that low-level

teen drug use could develop into addiction and
dangerous consequences. Photo: Tyler Woods


Her son died after snorting heroin in the basement of her house nearly 17 years ago, and Ginger Katz has been sharing her story with children, teens and parents ever since.

Katz, the founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation, a Norwalk-based 501(c)(3), spoke to the public at New Canaan High School on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

Earlier in the week she had made the presentation to ninth- and 10th-graders in one session and 11th- and 12th-graders in another. The foundation works to engage home, school and community in a public health endeavor to keep children safe from drugs.

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February 5, 2013


Expert talks teen substance abuse in New Canaan Wednesday


Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Courage to Speak
Foundation,  with a photo of her late son Ian, will be in 
New Canaan on Wednesday, Feb. 6


Children will likely be offered alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, often many times, starting in middle school and continuing through high school. What can you do about this?

Learn about substance abuse and gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep your children safe at a town-wide presentation by Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation, on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:30 p.m. at New Canaan High School.

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February 1, 2013

Norwalk, CT - Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder is headed to the Washington, D.C. area to join more than 2,000 substance abuse prevention specialists and advocates from throughout the country for Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 23rdAnnual National Leadership Forum. 

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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 teach Courageous 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!
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January 8, 2013 




Grandparents Raising Teens Offered Free Talk By Ginger Katz

Raising a teen is no easy task, and for grandparents raising teenagers the thought of broaching tough subjects like alcohol use and bullying may be even more daunting. Community Renewal Team's Generations Campus that houses grandparents raising grandchildren is all too familiar with these struggles and is about to kick off a lecture and workshop series to help foster beneficial intergenerational communication strategies.

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In Sunny’s Story, author Ginger Katz is the voice of her voiceless son and their family beagle, Sunny. In simple, but descriptive prose, Ginger lets Sunny tell the story of their beloved Ian’s experimentation with cigarettes, drugs and alcohol and its tragic consequences.

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

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September 18, 2012


Knowledge is Power: Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® -The Lesson That Could Save Your Child’s Life

It is a fact that our children will be offered alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, often many times, starting in middle school and continuing through high school.  What can you do about this?  Learn about substance abuse and gain the knowledge and skills needed to keep your children safe.

A free parent education series, entitled Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101®  developed by experts with the Courage to Speak® Foundation will be offered in English and Spanish at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, Norwalk CT. The first of the three-session course will include a presentation by Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of the Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, at 6:30 pm on Thursday, October 4, 2012. 

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September 26, 2012 

 

Courage to Speak Foundation opens family resource center

State Rep. Gail Lavielle (R-Norwalk) spent a lot of time with her summer interns, and she talked to the young people extensively about what they thought of the new Connecticut drug laws--the one decriminalizing possession and personal use of less than one half ounce of marijuana, and the one approving the medical use of the marijuana.

"They are very confused now. They don't really understand what's OK to do and what isn't, and really what is legal and what is not," Laveille told the people gathered at the opening of the Courage to Speak Foundation Family Resource Center in Norwalk last Friday morning. "And whether having anything to do with it at all is maybe OK.

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September 2012
 

 

Courage to Speak Foundation Opens Resource Center

The Courage to Speak Foundation cut the ribbon on its Family Resource Center Friday morning.

The foundation, started by Ginger and Larry Katz after their son, Ian Eccarino, died of an accidental drug overdose in 1996, has made anti-drug presentations at schools across the country, but the resource center will allow students and parents increase access to the foundation's materials.

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The Courage to Speak Foundation will dedicate its new Family Resource Center on September 21, 2012 at 8:45 AM in its headquarters at 71 East Avenue, Suite M, 2nd Floor in Norwalk, CT. The new center will provide information on substance abuse and prevention to educate parents, teachers, and children.  Among those attending the dedication are: Norwalk Mayor Richard A. Moccia, Norwalk Chief of Police Thomas Kulhawik, Interim School Superintendent Tony Daddona and the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

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July 30, 2012

 
New Haven runners take top two spots in Eaccarino Memorial 9-miler

NORWALK -- There was plenty of competition at the 14th annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-mile race on Saturday at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk as 164 runners officially crossed the finish line.

At the head of the pack were a pair of runners from New Haven as 20-year-old Colin Lu clocked in at 59 minutes and five seconds to place first and 31-year-old Joe Lauer finished a close second, just four seconds behind him.

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July 28, 2012 
 

 

Runners go extra mile for Courage to Speak

By STEVE KOBAK
hour staff writer, Saturday, July 28, 2012 

NORWALK -- Norwalker Julie Heaphy said it took her a while to warm up on a breezy Saturday morning at Calf Pasture Beach but when she did, she wound up being the first woman to cross the finish line at the 14th annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race.

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Running Toward a Healthy Drug-Free Lifestyle
The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces The 14th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race to take place on Saturday, July 28, 2012 at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, CT





July 21, 2012

"Drug Prevention Race to Save Lives"
 
The 14th Annual Ian James Eaccarino 9 Mile Race  





July 10, 2012  



The Courage to Speak Foundation Receives Funding for Drug Prevention Education in Bridgeport

The Courage to Speak Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $15,000 Donor Advised Grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation for its continued work in the Bridgeport Public Schools. Awarded for the third consecutive year, this significant grant was made possible by a local donor who wishes to remain anonymous and receives philanthropic advisory services from the Foundation. This funding will support the implementation of the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curriculum for Grades 4-7 in Bridgeport Public Schools.  

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July 10, 2012

The Courage to Speak® Foundation Receives Funding from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc.

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is pleased to announce the receipt of a $5,000 grant award from the First County Bank Foundation, Inc. This grant will aid in the Foundation’s mission to “Save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about drugs.” 

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June 27, 2012
  



Norwalk Mom Spreads Her Courage To Speak
by Christine Loughran

Drug addiction is not a character flaw, said Ginger Katz, the founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation. It’s a disease that requires professional help, just like any other.

“The problem doesn’t seem to be going away,” she said. “I’ve always said that if you don’t talk about a problem, you won’t be able to find a solution.”

Katz helped launch the Norwalk-based organization in 1996 after she lost her 20-year-old son Ian to a drug overdose. Her goal, which has now reached a national level, is to prevent her family’s tragedy from happening to others by raising awareness through educational programs as well as presentations and word of mouth.

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June 20, 2012
 


Solis honored by Patriots for paying it forward

Sixteen volunteers from across New England, including Luis Solis of Norwalk, were honored as Myra Kraft Community MVPs by the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation in a ceremony at Gillette Stadium last week.

The Community MVP Awards, a program for the past 12 years, honor individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.

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June 15, 2012 


Norwalk's Solis honored by Kraft family foundation

By CHRIS BOSAK
Hour Staff Writer

NORWALK -- Luis Solis, owner of Norwalk Pizza and Pasta and Don Carmelo's Mexican Grill, recently received a Myra Kraft Community MVP Award, which honors individuals who exemplify leadership, dedication and a commitment to improving their communities through volunteerism.

Solis volunteers with The Courage to Speak Foundation, which will receive a $2,500 grant from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation as a result of Solis's honor. Solis, along with the Courage to Speak Foundation, were honored at the Myra Kraft Community MVP Award Luncheon held this week at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, pro football Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and tight end Rob Gronkowski were on hand to congratulate the winners. 

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Parent tells of son's struggle with drug abuse  

Reporter - Eleanor Joyce/ NorwichBulletin.com 

As Ginger Katz spoke, pictures of her son, Ian, playing sports and attending his prom were projected onto a screen May 9 at Bacon Academy.

Katz said Ian “was captain of the soccer team, and girls just wouldn’t leave him alone.” 
Ian, a college student, died in 1996 from an accidental drug overdose at home in Norwalk at the age of 20.

“His doctor told us to tell people Ian died of a heart attack, but that was a lie,” Katz said. “If this is happening to us, this is happening to other families.”

After Ian’s death, Katz founded The Courage to Speak Foundation. Today, the education and awareness program has reached 40 states, and has 98 instructors.

Katz and her husband, Larry, spoke at Bacon Academy as part of a program sponsored by Colchester Youth Services.

During the day, students went to an assembly to hear the couple’s presentation. In the evening, more than 50 parents, children and community members attended a second session. Katz recalled that initially, Ian tried to assure his parents, “tobacco, a sip of beer and a little weed, that’s all I do.”

“But Ian soon started to cover up and deny things,” she said. Katz said parents, such as herself, enter a state of denial and sometimes blame themselves. “My job as a parent was to keep him safe,” Katz said.

Ian got counseling and went into a rehabilitation program, where he had to submit to urine testing. “We thought the problem went away,” she said. Instead, Katz said, Ian got better at lying and covering up his drug use.

Katz recommended parents discuss drugs with their children, and that youth have three to five adults that they can talk with.

“If you see someone in trouble, say something. It could save their lives. Kids, it’s all about making good decisions, thinking before you act,” Katz said.

Katz asked the Bacon Academy students earlier in the day why they thought students use drugs and their responses included stress, peer pressure and pain.

Parent Jim Ambrosia attended with his son Cody, 13, who will enter Bacon in the fall.
“It was wonderful. What she said, ‘knowledge is power.’ As a parent you have to get a hold of that power,” Ambrosia said.

Cody said what stood out for him was, “the fact that the drugs are so much more potent now.” Cody said he does have several adults in his life that he can talk to.

Parent Tina Ashley also appreciated Katz’ story.

“She had the courage to share her experience, strength and hope, and that changes lives,” Ashley said.

Get in touch

For more information, email Ginger Katz at gkatz@couragetospeak.org or call (877) 431-3295. Contact Colchester Youth Services at youthservices @colchesterct.gov or by calling (860) 537-7255.

Upcoming Presentations

See two upcoming presentations at Bacon Academy in Colchester, CT on May 9, 2012 and Foster Adoptive Mission in Bridgeport, CT on May 21, 2012.  For information on how to register or to learn more about each event take a look below! Please join us if you are able to attend. 

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Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101® "Train the Trainer" for New Facilitators

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Calling ALL Socials Workers, Drug Prevention Specialists, Health Class Teachers, Law Enforcement, Guidance Counselors, Youth and Family Services Directors,  Prevention Coalition Members and More!

CLICK HERE go to apply to take the FACILITATOR TRAINING ONLINE  

Courage to Speak- Courageous Parenting 101:
 Offered free of charge, this multi-session substance abuse prevention education program (English and Spanish) is designed to help parents understand the impact of drug abuse on youth and give them the knowledge required to communicate more effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs and other risky behaviors.

This course covers:

-Teen drug use trends and party culture

-Protective factors and developmental assets

-Communication and listening strategies

-Why kids use drugs

-How to help your child handle stress

-Parenting styles and enabling

-The adolescent brain

-Setting boundaries

-Practical steps if use or abuse is suspected

-Warning signs

-Sources of help and more 

Evaluated by the Yale University School of Medicine:

According to the evaluation performed by Yale University, parents who have taken this course reported statistically significant increases in:

* General communication with their child

* Communication with their child about drugs

* Their knowledge about their children's lives

* Their knowledge and ability to recognize warning signs and reported that they were fairly confident in their knowledge of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs

 

 

LISTEN  to Ginger Katz, CEO & Founder, and  

Larry Katz, M.S. Nutrition & B.S. Psychology,  

discuss Courage to Speak- Courageous Parenting 101 with Radio Personality, Wendy Corey. 

Fill out the application to attend this training

Learn more about Courage to Speak- Courageous Parenting 101®

For more information call 
Program Director, Carol Troy at (203) 831-9700 or email ctroy@couragetospeak.org   


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About The Courage to Speak® Foundation:

The Courage To Speak® Foundation, Inc. exists to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use. Ginger Katz founded the nonprofit organization in 1996, just months after her 20 year old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. She and her husband Larry pledged to do everything in their power to help prevent such a tragedy from happening to another family. The Courage to Speak Foundation develops drug prevention curriculum for elementary (based on Sunny's Story), middle and high school students as well as for parents through Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101. Ms. Katz has given nearly 1,000 presentations to hundreds of thousands of young people and the adults who care about them. Please visit www.couragetospeak.org www.sunnysstory.com

 


           


The Courage To Speak® Foundation Launches New Website to Continue to Protect the Lives of Children Across the Country from Drugs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 22, 2012

CONTACT:
PHONE:

Ginger Katz
1-203- 247-3975

The Courage to Speak® Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of their new website, www.couragetospeak.org, which features two new and exciting elements. First is the ability to access the online facilitator training to teach Courage to Speak- Courageous Parenting 101®, a free drug prevention course for parents wishing to arm themselves with the knowledge of how to keep their children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. This online course will allow the Foundation to train new facilitators of the course throughout the country, therefore making the program available to more parents than ever before.

The new website will also include a blog for sharing timely and important prevention news and getting your feedback. The blog will allow children, parents, educators and more to have access to the most recent information about drug abuse prevention at their finger tips. Besides these new additions to the website, all other aspects of the site will be updated with the latest information, presentation schedule, list of upcoming events, personal testimonials from parents and students, resources and advice for parents and more. The new website will better serve the community in our collective mission to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs.

Ms. Katz has reached hundreds of thousands of people across the country, helping parents and educators keep our children safe. After her son Ian died of a drug overdose, Ginger vowed to help others avoid that heartache. The Courage to Speak Presentation inspires students, parents, educators and others to find healthy solutions in their schools and communities. Ms. Katz is also the author of Sunny’s Story, the critically acclaimed book on drug abuse told from the family beagle’s perspective and read in libraries, schools and homes nationwide. For more information about the Courage to Speak® Foundation and to see the upgraded website, visit www.couragetospeak.org, call 1-203-247-3975, or email Ginger Katz at gkatz@couragetospeak.org

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America Leadership Forum

Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's (CADCA) 22nd Annual National Leadership Forum

February 2012 

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NEWS FROM….The Courage to Speak® Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2012

CONTACT:
PHONE:

Ginger Katz
1-203- 247-3975

The Courage to Speak® Foundation to Present at National Forum in Washington D.C.

The Courage to Speak Foundation has been invited by SAMHSA (US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) to CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) 22nd Annual National Leadership Forum to share the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Programs with coalitions throughout the nation at Prevention Day on February 6th at the Gaylord Conference Center in the Washington DC area.

Ginger Katz, CEO and Founder, was selected by SAMHSA to deliver the Courage to Speak Presentation and provide an overview of the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Programs – which effectively engage home, school and community to address youth substance abuse. With experts in the field, the Courage to Speak Foundation developed distinctive drug prevention education curricula for elementary, middle and high school taught by classroom teachers, Courageous Parenting 101® for parents and other proven drug prevention resources for students, teachers, parents, schools and communities.

Ms. Katz has reached hundreds of thousands of people across the country, helping parents and educators keep our children safe from drugs and other risky behaviors. After her son Ian died of a drug overdose, Ginger vowed to help others avoid that heartache. The Courage to Speak Presentation inspires students, parents, educators and others to find healthy solutions in their schools and communities. Ms. Katz is also the author of Sunny’s Story, the critically acclaimed book on drug abuse told from the family beagle’s perspective and read in libraries, schools and homes nationwide and has presented

As the premier and largest training conference for prevention and treatment professionals, CADCA’s National Leadership Forum is a 4-day event packed with multiple opportunities to learn the latest strategies to fight substance abuse and hear from nationally-known experts and policymakers. The Forum brings together more than 2,500 participants representing community anti-drug coalitions from all regions of the country, government leaders, youth, addiction treatment professionals, researchers, educators, law enforcement professionals and faith-based leaders.

For more information about the Courage to Speak Foundation visit www.couragetospeak.org, call 1-877-431-3295, or email Ginger Katz at gkatz@couragetospeak.org

About The Courage to Speak® Foundation:

The Courage To Speak® Foundation, Inc. exists to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free through fostering education and open communication about the dangers of alcohol and other drug use. Ginger Katz founded the nonprofit organization in 1996, just months after her 20 year old son Ian James Eaccarino died of an accidental drug overdose. She and her husband Larry pledged to do everything in their power to help prevent such a tragedy from happening to another family. The Courage to Speak Foundation develops drug prevention curriculum for elementary (based on Sunny's Story), middle and high school students as well as for parents through Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101. Ms. Katz has given nearly 1,000 presentations to over a million young people and the adults who care about them. Please visit www.couragetospeak.org

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is sponsoring the Courage to Speak® Foundation be a part of CADCA's 22nd Annual National Leadership Forum - the Nation's largest training event for community prevention leaders, treatment professionals and researchers.

Ginger Katz will be presenting at Prevention Day on February 6, 2012.


 

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