Our Mission: "Saving Lives By Empowering Youth To Be Drug Free And Encouraging Parents

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


Current & Future Events - Save The Date!


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January 24, 2018

Opioid Forum Speaks to the Importance of Prevention

HARTFORD – The Commission on Women, Children and Seniors has partnered with the Courage to Speak® Foundation to present a forum at the Capitol on the critical importance of opioid prevention for children and youth.

On Thursday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Commission, Foundation, key partners, experts, and parents/caregivers will highlight the need for prevention through education and parental and community engagement. They will also identify components of legislation needed to help end this epidemic; such tools include opioid education, social and emotional skills building, prevention tactics, and other concrete ways children can learn to refuse opioids and other drugs despite peer pressure and availability.   


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Please join us at Ripka's at the Beach on December 2nd. Help support your local community by purchasing your Christmas tree and wreathes at the Ripka’s Giving Tree fundraising event. The proceeds from the event will be donated to The Courage to Speak® Foundation, the PTA at Nathan Hale Middle School and Marvin Elementary and Toys For Tots.

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Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101®



          

             
June 20, 2017


Running Toward a Healthy Lifestyle
The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces The 19th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race to take place on Saturday, July 29, 2017 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 19th Annual Ian James Eaccarino Memorial 9-Mile Race, which will take place on Saturday, July 29th at 8:00 am at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk, Connecticut and is promoted by the Lightfoot Running Club.  Norwalk’s Mayor Harry Rilling will show his continued support of the mission of the Courage to Speak® Foundation by addressing the runners before the race.


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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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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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June 1, 2016
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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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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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.



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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To REGISTER ONLINE go to https://www.formstack.com/forms/webregister-english






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Photos above by Richard Bonenfant 



Here is the Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug Free Family Night poster
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Thank You to All of our Sponsors for the 11th Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be Drug-Free Family Night.











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The Courage to Speak®Foundation, 71 East Avenue, Suite M, Norwalk, CT 06851     203-831-9700 TOLL FREE: (877) 431-3295