Volunteer Spotlight


Brandon Nguyen

 North Hollywood Chapter
California, USA

 Visual Arts and Music for Society - Brandon Nguyen

"At first, I joined mostly on a whim...
however, realizing the huge difference 
one person could make, I found myself
going to meetings for the next few years."


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Rising Volunteer

Richard Liang

Richard Liang is from Fremont, California. He actively participates in the arts program at his school, playing cello in his school’s orchestra and percussion in the jazz band. Richard founded and led the VAMS Chapter at Mission San Jose High School. During the end of his junior year in high school, he was selected as our Director of Growth and Development. He likes that VAMS not only serves the community, but also encourages student leadership. He hopes to "learn a lot from VAMS, including communication, writing, and leadership skills."

Burn Treatment

Holiday Event at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Los Angeles

Visual Arts and Music for Society Holiday Event at Shriners Hospitals for Children

Shriners Hospitals for Children - Los Angeles is a place for children with orthopaedic problems, such as amputation, burn scars, limb deficiency, and spinal deformity. At this event, the North Hollywood VAMS Chapter performed a holiday performance. Songs ranged from "Jingle Bell Rock" to "Frosty the Snowman." Afterwards, cards and cookies were distributed as the club members chatted with the patients and their families.

June Luau at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Los Angeles

Visual Arts and Music for Society at Shriners' Hospital

VAMS members revisited Shriner’s Hospital. This time, they brought a little sunshine and luau fun. They started with some “icebreaker” activities, including songs such as “Baby Shark” and "The Green Grass Grows All Around". Next, club members performed a musical show with singing, dancing, and instruments. Two young hospital patients even joined in the dancing. After the performance, VAMS members interacted with patients, making origami, paintings, and other art crafts with them. The event concluded with a raffle. Chris José received a specially signed VAMS shirt. Each patient left with a toy, several leis, and a smile.

Halloween Festival at Shriners Hospitals for Children - Los Angeles

VAMS International Halloween Event at Shriners' Hospital for Children

In October of 2007, VAMS volunteers revisited Shriners Hospital for Children to provide some spooky fun. Volunteers interacted with the hospital patients, assisting young children in creating personalized Halloween posters and crafts. The patients were also given free treat bags consisting of gifts and candy. Lastly, VAMS volunteers presented the hospital’s director with a hand-made painting, which is currently on display at the hospital.

Summer Carnival at Shriners Hospital for Children

Visual Arts and Music for Society at Shriners' Hospital

Kicking off the summer days, North Hollywood VAMS volunteers hosted their Summer Carnival at Shriners Hospital for Children. At this event, the children were welcomed with a large variety of entertainment options, from limbo and a simulated fishing game, to Guitar Hero and Dance Dance Revolution, to a photo booth with coloring and collage making activities. Each patient not only received a bag of gifts and candy, but also competed in a special scavenger hunt. The winning patient won a coloring notepad and a giant bag of candy. Overall, the children enjoyed spending time with VAMS volunteers, smiling as they explored the various booths.

Alumni Spotlight

Ian Clarke

Ian Clarke received a full ride to Indiana University, where he studies music composition. He has also been selected as a Berklee College of Music presenting film score composer, and earned recognition from the Beverly Hills Literary Society and the Kauai Peace Project. In high school, Ian studied the piano, flute, piccolo, guitar, and Indonesian gamelan. He used his expertise to reach out to the community through VAMS. What does this musician have to tell us about music? "One of the most important things to understand about creating music is that, regardless of how much music theory you know, or how much technical ability you possess, your music will be hollow and uninteresting if you lack emotional integrity."

Staff Spotlight


Jasmine Schladen

Web and Design Developer

UC Berkeley

Visual Arts and Music for Society - Jasmine Schladen

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