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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 SpeakFoundation 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" through its drug prevention education curricula and programs for children, teens, parents, schools and communities. The organization was founded in 1996 by Ginger and Larry Katz, and is devoted to fulfilling a promise Ginger made to her son Ian, who died when he was just 20 years old of an accidental drug overdose - to do everything in her power to prevent this tragedy from happening to another family.
The heart of the work is the nationally renowned Courage to Speak Presentation, which empowers students, parents, educators and others to break the silence surrounding drug use and find healthy solutions in their schools and communities. This real life story with its prevention message has been heard by hundreds of thousands of people in over 1,000 presentations delivered in schools, communities and state and national conferences across the country.
The Courage to Speak Foundation works with experts in the prevention field to develop programs that address youth substance abuse and has trained over 150 classroom teachers and professional facilitators to teach these programs in CT and other states:
- Courage to SpeakDrug Prevention EducationCurricula, which includes distinctive programs for elementary, middle and high schools, taught by classroom teachers in many schools since 2002.
- Courage to Speak Prevention Education for After School Programs for students in grades 4-7, adapted from the Courage to Speak Foundation's school based curricula.
- Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101 , a free 4 session course that educates parents and provides them with knowledge and tools to keep their children safe - available in English and Spanish.