Kids in the Spotlight
In 2016, the IS Foundation gave a $10,000 grant to cover a 10-week workshop for 15 girls in foster care to write, produce and act in 3 short films. This program included 5 weeks of screenwriting, 3 weeks of acting, 1 week of casting, 1 day of budgeting, and 1 twelve-hour day of production which included a full film crew, equipment, props, wardrobe, make-up and craft services. It also included the editing, sourcing and final duplication of the films and DVD packaging. At the end of 2016, the films were debuted at a red carpet screening and awards ceremony.
In 2015, ISF gave a $6,000 grant to “Know Tomorrow Claremont”, a climate change awareness event at Pomona College. It was part of the larger, national Know Tomorrow campaign where students across the country hosted events to demand climate action. Know Tomorrow Claremont hosted an all-day event which included a fun, festive and information activity fair during the day and a diverse speaker series in the evening. The Ian Somerhalder Foundation grant was used to accommodate speakers from all over the country, funding a food packaging event to fight hunger in the community, and cover operational costs of a large-scale, student-driven climate change event.