Anthony, 7 at home in New York. Anthony participates in the Save the Children-funded Journey of Hope program, an 8-week program that helps children with their emotional recovery after disasters like Superstorm Sandy that deeply affected his coastal community. Photo credit: Susan Warner/Save the Children, August 2013.

Protecting U.S. Children in Crisis
Anthony, 7 at home in New York. Anthony participates in the Save the Children-funded Journey of Hope program, an 8-week program that helps children with their emotional recovery after disasters like Superstorm Sandy that deeply affected his coastal community.

Protecting America’s Kids

Social and Emotional Development Programs

No child lives without risk to traumatic experiences. Whether it’s the toxic stress due to chronic poverty in the community or distressful experiences due to a devastating natural disaster, providing children with immediate and long-term emotional support enables their recovery while fostering resilience.

Trauma can disrupt a child’s development. Across the United States, children face a wide array of risk factors, each with the potential to disrupt healthy social, emotional, academic and physical development. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, up to 90% of children and youth experience trauma.

Save the Children provides schools and communities with structured programs designed to support emotional development. In post-Hurricane Katrina New Orleans in 2005, Save the Children developed Journey of Hope, a child-informed program that draws on children’s strengths to support their resilience. It offers five grade- and age-specific curricula designed to build resiliency among children, youth and their caregivers, while helping them understand their feelings and better cope.

Save the Children works in communities across the United States with the highest needs and lowest resources. We invest in capacity-building to ensure children will be reached with sustainable, quality programming. The Journey of Hope training model is a train-the-facilitator design that offers communities the opportunity to expand their capacity to deliver high-quality, school-based social and emotional development programming for years to come.

Journey of Hope has been delivered to more than 85,000 children in the United States.

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