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About the Author of Sunny’s Story

A Drug Prevention Education Book

Ginger Katz is a nationally recognized figure in the world of drug prevention education. She is CEO and Founder of The Courage To Speak® Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1996 shortly after the death of her son, Ian from a drug overdose – and 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.

Ginger has shared her son Ian’s story with more than a million people across the nation. She has given over 1,000 presentations to students, parents, educators, law enforcement professionals, and state and national conferences. Among the more notable are the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Keynote at National Narcotic Officers Association, the National Association of Drug Court Professionals, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Community Anti- Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) National Youth and Adult Conference.

With prevention experts’ guidance, Ginger developed Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Education Curricula, which includes nationally recognized programs for elementary, middle and high schools and Courage to Speak – Courageous Parenting 101® to educate parents on how to keep their children safe. These programs have been scientifically evaluated by outside entities including Yale University School of Medicine and are proven drug prevention resources that help break through the silence and denial that enables adolescent alcohol and drug use.

Among her many awards and honors, Ginger received the Connecticut Association of Schools, Distinguished Friend of Education Award – their highest award to an individual not directly involved in public education- and the Hartford Business Journal Nonprofit Heroes, Advocate of the Year Award. She received a Prevention Works Award from the US Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), was Honorary Chair of the National Parent Vigil in Washington DC and a Presidential Points of Light honoree. She was honored by the State of Connecticut General Assembly with an Official Citation for the “meaningful and lasting impact she has had on the lives of our youth and service to the community”.

An avid sportswoman, competitive rower and athlete, Ginger lives with her husband Larry in Norwalk, Connecticut.

To have Ginger Katz bring the Courage to Speak® Presentation to your school or community; or to learn more about the Courage to Speak® Drug Prevention Curricula that includes Sunny’s Story, please call (877) 431-3295 or email gkatz@couragetospeak.org.

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