[U]Factor Pilot Event




Join the Ian Somerhalder Foundation in a unique opportunity for middle and high school students to participate in a pilot event that will help shape and direct the foundation’s youth development program!

Participants will learn from and engage with speakers who will guide them through experiential activities aimed to help them to identify their passion, cultivate their talents, and amplify their purpose!

This pilot event is a joint effort: Inspiring speakers will share their wisdom and experience with our youth audience while teens share with us their opinions on our program, helping us to support their growth in the ways most valuable and useful to them.

Participants will walk away from this experience with resources containing answers to questions that will help them to define their passions, talents, and purpose and how they can contribute to a better world.

We encourage you to nominate your teen to participate in this pilot [U]Factor event! Because we consider this event a mutual learning opportunity, there is no fee to attend. We believe that when an individual develops empathy, determination, and confidence in their own ability to improve the lives of other living things, they are much more likely to use their skills in a way that makes the world a better place - for all of us.

To nominate someone to be considered for participation, please go to: http://www.isfoundation.com/ufactor-nomination-form

You will be notified if your nominee has been selected for participation in the event, as there are a limited number of seats.  Signed parental consent will be required for participation.


Kim Klingler  "Identify Your Passion" 

Co-founder and CEO of the Ian Somerhalder Foundation

Riley Ennis  "Amplify Your Purpose"

19-yr-old Dartmouth student, entrepreneur, founder of Immudicon, and 2013 Thiel Fellowship winner

Christine Fonseca  "Cultivate Your Talents"

Youth fiction and nonfiction author and professional speaker, dedicated to helping youth find their voice in the world. 

Maya Penn

Youth Entrepreneur who started her own company at the age of 8 making eco-friendly accessories

November 2, 2013

11:00 – 2:00 PM

Sheraton Atlanta Hotel


Please Note:  While there is no cost to attend the event, all participants must arrange for their own transportation to and from Atlanta, Georgia and for lodging in the Atlanta area if required.

Please contact Ufactor@isfoundation.net with any questions regarding this program.