The Future of Hope Institute is a selective program designed for rising juniors and seniors from Knoxville area inner-city high schools. The program begins with a three-day retreat followed by a week-long institute in downtown Knoxville. During this time, students have the opportunity to interact with community leaders, entrepreneurs and educators. Lastly, students have an opportunity to examine their city through a biblical lens.
Upon completion of the week-long institute, students form teams and are partnered with a mentor and project advisor. Over the next eight months, each team is responsible for designing and delivering a community-based vision project that meets a critical need in their community. These projects can address a range of issues including housing, violence, racism, healthcare, or education. The program ends with a banquet where teams present their finished projects to an assembly of peers and community leaders. Upon successful completion of the program, participants are presented with a $2000 scholarship to a college or university of their choice. Participants choosing to attend Johnson University will receive an additional $1000 per year for four years.