Journey of Hope

Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program helps children build coping skills and overall resiliency.

Think About This

No child lives without risk to traumatic experiences. Coping with these difficult events affects children deeply and can shape the course of their lives.

For children and youth, the consequences of trauma include difficulties with learning, ongoing behavior problems, impaired relationships, and poor social and emotional competence.

Children and parents or caregivers who have lived through a disaster often struggle with anxiety, confusion and a sense of loss or depression. Children of all ages, even young infants and toddlers, may display signs of stress and become worried, fearful, aggressive or withdrawn.

Whether it’s chronic poverty in the community or following a devastating natural disaster, providing children with immediate and long-term emotional support enables their recovery while fostering resilience.

Journey of Hope: Building Resilience Skills

Children at camp participate in Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program.

Children at camp participate in Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program.

Save the Children has designed a program that draws on children’s strengths to support their resilience. Journey of Hope offers grade- and age- specific curricula specifically to support children, youth and their caregivers in building on their natural resilience while helping them understand their feelings.

Through our signature Journey of Hope program, we partner with schools to help children develop the skills needed to cope with and tackle life’s adversity.

Specifically, the Journey of Hope program:

  • Teaches children to recognize and manage their emotions, which builds confidence, self-esteem, and “I believe I can” attitudes.
  • Develops positive peer relationships, which help children experience a collaborative environment based on respect and understanding.
  • Decreases disruptive behaviors, which creates more concentrated learning time in class.

Program Reach

Since 2007, more than 85,000 children have benefited from the Journey of Hope program. Save the Children has implemented Journey of Hope as an essential recovery component in every major natural disaster in the United States, including:

  • New Orleans, LA (Hurricane Katrina)
  • Houston, TX (Hurricane Ike)
  • California (Wildfires)
  • Tuscaloosa, AL (Tornadoes)
  • Newtown, CT (Sandy Hook)
  • New York City, NY (Hurricane Sandy)
  • Moore, OK (Tornadoes)
  • West Virginia (Floods)
  • Texas (Hurricane Harvey)
  • Florida (Hurricane Irma)
  • Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria)

Journey of Hope has also been successfully implemented around the world in Canada, New Zealand, Spain, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

Capacity Building and Sustainability

Save the Children works in communities across the United States with the highest needs and least access to resources.

Save the Children is dedicated to sharing the Journey of Hope program, ensuring schools, local mental health agencies and other nonprofit partners are equipped with the training and tools they need to assist children within their communities for years to come.

For more information on Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program or to receive materials and training:JoH@savechildren.org

Evidence-Based Programming

Journey of Hope works. Save the Children has an established evaluation design for Journey of Hope and has been accepted for review for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Registry for Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

A Child-Centered Evaluation of a Psychosocial Program Promoting Children’s Healing Safety and Well-Being in Post-Disaster Contexts.

University of Texas Evaluation of Journey of Hope

The Journey of Hope Curricula: Building Resilience After a Natural Disaster

The Journey of Hope: A Group Work Intervention for Children Who Have Experienced a Collective Trauma

Enhancing Coping and Supporting Protective Factors

Tools to Support Children and Caregivers Post-Disaster

How to Help Children Cope with Disasters

Tips for Parents and Guardians

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