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Photos above by Richard Bonenfant 




 
Chief 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.



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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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The Courage to Speak Foundation is participating in Fairfield County's Giving Day on March 5, 2015 - and we need your support!   Hosted by Fairfield County's Community Foundation, Giving Day is a 24 hour online event to Give Where You Live and celebrate the work of local nonprofits.   

On March 5 go to https://fcgives.org/#npo/the-courage-to-speak-foundation-inc and help support the Courage to Speak Foundation.

PLEASE HELP US CONTINUE OUR MISSION TO EDUCATE CHILDREN & PARENTS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF DRUG USE BY REACHING MORE FAMILIES, SCHOOLS, AND COMMUNITIES. 






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Couage to speak drug free family night 2014

Photos above by Richard Bonenfant 



Greenwich Free Press
You have to Read This!  Click here  Great article by Leslie Yager from the Greenwich Free Press



A Message from Michael Botticelli, Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy 
to the Attendees of the 10th Annual Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night





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



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“Save a Child’s Life Night”


It’s about one thing...

Children and parents talking openly and honestly about the dangers of drugs

That is the most important goal of the Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night!

Among the hundreds of individuals who come together to support the students are parents, educators, school officials, law enforcement, local and state government representatives and clergy. Community Leaders and Students Take the Microphone and Speak Out about Drug Use!

By helping our students become powerful advocates for prevention and outstanding mentors for their younger siblings and friends, we hope to eradicate the problem of drug and alcohol use among young people.

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 Curriculum in classes at their school. 
Students in grades 4 – 7:
• Speak out about drug prevention
• Vow to live drug free
• Display drug prevention posters and art they created in the classroom.

The evening features the nationally renowned Courage To Speak® Presentation, delivered by Ginger Katz, Courage to Speak® Founder and CEO, which provides a first hand understanding of substance abuse and its impact on families. This real life story with its prevention message has been heard by over a million people across the country.

Open and honest conversations begin between adults and children about drug abuse and other issues facing youth today and effective environmental strategies to strengthen drug prevention within the community. The Courage to Speak® Foundation model engages home, school and community to take action and help build drug free environments.

www.couragetospeak.org
203.831.9700


Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night March 2013


Photos above by Richard Bonenfant 




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 



The 8th Annual Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night

The 8th Annual Courage to Speak® Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free Family Night will take place on Tuesday, March 20, 2012, 5:15 p.m., at West Rocks Middle School, 81 West Rocks Road, in Norwalk (snow date: March 21). 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. A complimentary dinner will be served.

This exciting media event will spotlight the outstanding work and words of students who participate in the in the Courage to Speak® Foundation’s programs in their schools. Norwalk’s Mayor Richard Moccia, Chief of Police Harry Rilling and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Susan Marks will introduce the students who take the microphone and speak out with their vows not to use drugs. State Representative Lawrence F. Cafero, Jr. will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

On display will be the remarkable artwork created by the students during their drug prevention classes with their teachers. Highlights of the event include the students' readings of their drug prevention messages and the Courage to Speak® Presentation for parents and students by Ginger Katz, CEO & Founder of the Courage to Speak® Foundation. The evening includes presentation of The Courage to Speak® Community Leadership Awards for teachers and volunteers and Recognition Awards for parents who participated in the Courage to Speak-Courageous Parenting 101® drug prevention education program.


Title Sponsor: Affinion

Gold Sponsors: Virgin Atlantic Airways, The Blattman Family, Diageo, Hilton Garden Inn, Cablevision of CT, Pepperidge Farm, First Niagara Bank, gWay Marketing Gymnasium, WICC600, The Doyle Family and Cox Media Group

Silver Sponsors: Xerox Corporation, Smart Cycles, Webster Bank, TD Bank, Stew Leonard’s, Silvermine Golf Club, Continental Manor Catering, Broward Properties Ltd. and Norwalk Pizza & Pasta

Friends of the Event: Crystal Restoration Services, Inc., Kaiser-Battistone, West Rocks Shell, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Strada18, J.F. Buchta Electric Co., Inc., Rick’s Main Roofing, Paul Lenoci, B.J. Ryan’s Restaurant, Via Sforza Trattoria, O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, Outback Steakhouse, Edward & Barbara Kowal, Costco, World Wrestling Entertainment, Bruce’s Flower Shop, Muro’s Original New York Bakery, Jordan’s Pizza, John’s Best Pizza and Jimmy’s Mediterranean Deli 

 

Click here to view the Save the Date 
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here to view the Flyer


 2012 photo gallery






A Message from Gil Kerlikowske, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
to the Attendees of the 8th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night








Listen to Ginger Katz on the Award-Winning Public Affairs Program, For the People, talk about the 8th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night with Radio Host and Producer, John Voket on Cox Media Group's award-winning public affairs program, For the People which is syndicated on 95.9 The Fox, Star 99.9 and 99.1 WPLR.


Listen to Ginger and Larry Katz on 1400 WSTC/1350 WNLK Radio talk about Courage to Speak- Courageous Parenting 101® with Radio Personality, Wendy Corey.
 


Deputy Director of the White House Office of Drug Control Policy David K. Mineta recorded a special message for the Courage to Speak® Foundation’s 7th Annual Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night.  Click below to play and hear what Director Mineta has to say to our families: 




 


Welcome to Courage to Speak Family Night.

Dear Friends:

Welcome to “Save a Child’s Life Night”. 
It’s about one thing.
Parents and children talking honestly about drugs.
There are many programs that dance around the problem – that try to “scare you straight”.

We don’t.

We know the pain of watching drugs take a child’s life.   We want to make sure you see and feel that danger before it becomes a heartbreak.
This is the Courage to Speak Foundation’s only reason for being.
How I wish this night - this meeting - was available when my son Ian was still alive.
A drug overdose killed him.  He was only 20.

For more than a decade we’ve told Ian’s story to more than a million young people and parents here in Connecticut and across the nation.
We know that The Courage to Speak live presentations, video, and drug prevention curriculum your child participated in this year have saved lives.
Students tell us after each program   "I'll never do drugs. I didn't really know how bad they could be." We're here to help you make sure your children get this message in their heart before it’s too late.

So enjoy the evening, be proud of what your child has accomplished, learn everything you can about drugs and how they can affect your child.  And, in the future, sign up for our new program called Courage to Speak -Courageous Parenting 101, for parents only.  Please don’t endure the pain we did — and thank you for taking an enormous step toward saving your child’s life here tonight.  

Ginger Katz
CEO and Founder and Author of Sunny’s Story  


 

Photos above by Richard Bonenfant



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Family at Family Night.

Posters and letters created by students at Family Night.

Courage to Speak Volunteers.

Students displaying letters and posters.

Our greeters.

Our greeters.

Congressman Chris Shays, Ginger and Larry Katz, Mayor Moccia, Dr Corda Norwalk Spt.

Spt Dr Corda, Ginger Katz and Larry Bues of Patriot Bank.

Dinner table.

Dinner table.

Larry Katz, Jeff and Joan Frankel
at the raffle table.



 

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