On April 5, Future of Hope held its second-annual Scholars Banquet to celebrate the local high school students involved in the Future of Hope Institute. The Institute, one of ninety-two similar organizations around the country, is a selective program that includes opportunities to interact with community leaders, entrepreneurs, and educators while examining the city through a biblical lens. The institute begins with a three-day retreat followed by a week-long institute in the city of Knoxville. For the next eight months following the summer institute, students form teams and work with mentors and project advisors on a community-based vision project that meets a critical need and may address issues such as housing, violence, racism, healthcare, or education. Students who successfully complete the institute receive a $2,000 scholarship for post-secondary opportunities.
The Institute is funded by a $600,000 grant from the Lilly Endowment, Inc. and supported by Johnson University.
The April 5 banquet welcomed parents and the larger community to celebrate the achievements of the 18 high school students from Knoxville schools who successfully completed the current Institute cohort. The banquet not only recognized the Future of Hope scholars and their work over the last nine months, but also invited attendees to partner with Future of Hope in support of scholarship dollars for future scholars.
Learn more at https://urbanallianceknox.org/future-of-hope/.