Journey of Hope

About The Journey of Hope Program

Save the Children works with local partners to help children and caregivers develop the skills needed to cope with and tackle life’s challenges. The Journey of Hope program:

  • Helps children identify emotions and understand that it’s normal to feel angry, sad or frustrated during scary or difficult situations.
  • Gives children the words they need to express their feelings in a safe, small group setting.
  • Helps children develop healthy coping skills through structured games, stories and creative activities.
  • Offers an encouraging environment that recognizes children’s individual strengths and positive behaviours.
  • Is implemented by trained mental health professionals and community workers who can identify children who may need additional help and support.


Culturally Relevant

Before the Journey of Hope training begins in any community, Save the Children works with local partners to ensure that the curricula are culturally safe and relevant for participants. The process accounts for local culture, language, and values.

Training & Support

The Journey of Hope training model is a train-the-facilitator design, which offers communities the opportunity to expand their capacity to deliver high-quality, school-based psychosocial programming for years to come. Following the intensive facilitator training, facilitators then deliver the program to children and youth in eight one-hour sessions. One session is delivered per week, for eight weeks. Save the Children provides mentoring and monitoring and evaluation through this process.

Evidence-based Programming

Journey of Hope works. Through rigorous evaluation efforts, Save the Children has identified the following outcomes for Journey of Hope participants:

  • 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.



The Journey of Hope has been implemented around the world, including in Canada. Save the Children piloted the program with Siksika Nation in Alberta following the devastating 2013 floods.