COURAGE TO SPEAK FOUNDATION INC

Saving Lives by Empowering Youth to be Drug Free

Norwalk, CT   |  www.couragetospeak.org

Mission

The Courage to Speak Foundation is dedicated to saving lives by empowering youth to be drug free and encouraging parents to communicate effectively with their children about the dangers of drugs. Through school-based drug prevention education programs, parent education programs and community forums, the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Programs are committed to keeping our children safe from alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and engaging home, school and the entire community in this public health endeavor.

The Courage to Speak Foundation's vision is to engage parents, schools and communities to protect our children from drugs.

Ruling year info

1999

CEO and Founder

Mrs. Virginia Katz

Main address

22 Alden Ave.

Norwalk, CT 06855 USA

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EIN

06-1526556

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Youth Development Programs (O50)

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The Courage to Speak Presentation

A
nationally recognized speaker, Ginger Katz CEO and Founder of the Courage to
Speak Foundation has reached hundreds of thousands of people across the
country, helping parents and educators keep our children safe from drugs. 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 step forward, break the silence surrounding drug use and find
healthy solutions in their schools and communities - helping
youth discover the courage to speak. This
real life story with its prevention message has been delivered in over 1,000
presentations in schools, communities and state and national conferences.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

The Courage to Speak Foundation has worked with
experts in the substance abuse, social science and behavior change fields and
spearheaded the development of programs to address youth substance abuse. The Courage to Speak Drug Prevention
Education Curricula, includes
distinctive programs for elementary,
middle and high schools, taught by classroom teachers
in many schools since 2002.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Courage
to Speak Drug Prevention Education for After School Programs (new) for students in grades 4-7, adapted from
the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention Curriculum for Elementary Schools and based on the book Sunny's Story by Ginger Katz.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Courage to Speak - Courageous Parenting 101 is a free 5 session
course that educates parents and provides them with knowledge and tools to keep
their children safe from drugs. Since its 2008 launch this program has been taught to
parents in 4 states and 60 professional facilitators are trained by the Courage to Speak Foundation to teach the course in English and Spanish.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Annual Courage to Speak Empowering Youth to be
Drug Free Family Night and Media Event. Each year this event
draws several hundred parents, children, educators, business and community
leaders and government officials to celebrate the
commitment of the students in the Courage to Speak Drug Prevention
Curricula in their schools to be drug free and be advocates with younger siblings and
friends. Bringing the community together, this event builds an alliance of
individuals who will not be silent about the use of alcohol, tobacco and other
drugs.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

Part 1: Begins with a live presentation or video by Ginger Katz, Founder of the Courage to Speak Foundation. Ms. Katz tells her compelling story of her son Ian’s losing battle with drugs and provides guidance to parents to help them reduce the risk of drug use in their families.

Part 2: Courage Speak® - Courageous Parenting 101, “Parenting Through the Opioid Crisis and Beyond™", is taught by professional facilitators recruited from the ranks of teachers, school administrators, nurses, substance abuse professionals and others with a background in the prevention field. All facilitators are trained and certified by the Courage to Speak® Foundation

Population(s) Served
Parents
Families

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COURAGE TO SPEAK FOUNDATION INC

Board of directors
as of 02/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Peter Corbett

Golden Goal Tournament Park

Peter Corbett

President/COO, Golden Goal Tournament Park

Ginger Katz

The Courage to Speak Foundation, Inc.

Kileen Doyle

Mercer Human Resource Counseling Inc

Larry Katz

Larry Katz Commercial Real Estate

Gary Curto

President, The Garrison Group, LLC

Luis Solis

Owner, Norwalk Pizza & Pasta

Chris Perone

Connecticut State Representative