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"

The Courage to Speak® Foundation.

April 15, 2015

CONTACT: Ginger Katz
PHONE: 1-877-431-3295

The Courage to Speak Foundation Announces Dates of Drug Awareness Presentations, in Participation for SAMHSA Fourth Annual National Prevention Week 2015.


Ginger Katz, CEO and founder of The Courage to Speak® Foundation and author of Sunny’s Story, will be presenting from“Marijuana to Opiates” on May 18 at Briggs High School in Norwalk, CT, and “The Courage to Make Healthy Decisions” onMay 19 at Black Rock School in Bridgeport, CT.  The students in both schools have read Ginger’s book, Sunny’s Story in preparation for her visit. 


The Courage to Speak Foundation is proud to be one of many organizations around the country that are encouraging people to make a difference in their communities and lives as part of the Substance Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) fourth annual National Prevention Week 2015 (NPW).  This year’s theme is “The Voice of One, the Power of All.”


National Prevention Week is a nationwide health observance dedicated to increasing public awareness of, and action around, substance abuse and mental health issues. NPW works to emphasize how prevention education can be woven into all aspects of our lives- including where and how we live, learn, work, and play — and that everyone has a role in creating a healthier nation.


Ms. Katz and her husband, Larry Katz, founded the Courage to Speak® Foundation after their son, Ian Eaccarino, tragically died of a heroin overdose. Their foundation is a  nonprofit organization based in Norwalk, CT, whose mission is "to save lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs,” in an effort to prevent other families from enduring the pain of losing a loved one to drug addiction.


For more information about the Courage to Speak Foundation or the school presentations, please contact Virginia “Ginger” Katz at (877-431-3295), by email:gkatz@couragetospeak.org or visit www.couragetospeak.org.


For additional information regarding The National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), visit http://www.samhsa.gov/ and for information on National Prevention Week 2015, visit http://beta.samhsa.gov/prevention-week


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 http://www.couragetospeak.org/


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