Journey of Hope

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

Think About This

Whether coping with the devastation of a disaster or facing the long-term impacts of growing up in poverty, difficult experiences affect children deeply and can shape the course of their lives.

Up to 90 percent of children and youth experience trauma, according to the National Center for Children in Poverty. No child lives without risk to difficult experiences.

The good news: Children can learn to build their resilience.

 Nikta Chernin 6, works on a craft project in the Save the Children funded JourneyofHope program at the Staten Island Mental Health Society.

Nikta Chernin 6, works on an art project in the Save the Children Journey of Hope program at the Staten Island Mental Health Society

Trauma can disrupt a child’s development. Besides loss of possessions and loved ones, trauma-impacted children and communities are at high-risk.

Journey of Hope: Building Resilience Skills

Save the Children has designed an evidence-based model offering grade- and age- specific programming specifically to support children in building on their natural resilience.

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 its development in 2007, 80,000 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)
  • New York City, NY (Hurricane Sandy)
  • Moore, OK (Tornadoes)

Capacity Building and Sustainability

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 more information on Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program or to receive materials and

Journey of Hope Evidence-Base

*Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program has been accepted for review by the National Registry of 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

Journey of Hope Fact Sheet.

Tools to Support Children and Caregivers Post-Disaster

How to Help Children Cope with Disasters

Tips for Parents and Guardians

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