Volunteer Spotlight


Brandon Nguyen

 North Hollywood Chapter
California, USA

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"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."


Read the rest of Brandon's answers.

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."

High School Chapters



The ultimate purpose of VAMS is to directly reach out to the community through service events. We rely on the support of our High School Chapters to create and execute events that serve in-need groups in their areas. This foundation gives greater meaning to the other projects of VAMS as they all relate back to the immediate community.


The First 30 Chapters:

  • American International School of Guangzhou
  • Brentwood High School
  • Brownstown Central High School
  • Carlinville High School
  • Chico Senior High School
  • Crossland High School
  • Falls City High School
  • Granada Hills Charter High School
  • Harvard-Westlake School
  • Hayward High School
  • Hendersonville High School
  • Highland High School
  • Independence High School
  • Irving High School
  • James M. Bennett High School
  • James Madison Preparatory School
  • Jasper County High School
  • Kenmore West Senior High School
  • Mendocino High School
  • New Visions Academy
  • North Hollywood High School
  • North Hollywood Zoo Magnet
  • Rancho Santa Rosa High School
  • Salina High School
  • Santiago High School
  • Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies
  • South Pasadena High School
  • Taipei American School
  • The American School in Japan
  • Vista High School
  • Watonga High School

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Get Involved:

Be the one to transform a life.
Inspire and be inspired: Join VAMS.

Join an Existing Chapter: Witness the power of art and community service.

Become a meaningful part of your school and community while earning service hours and developing leadership skills. Contact one of the chapters listed above.

Build a Club: Nothing in your area? Consider starting your own chapter.

Starting a chapter is an unparalleled opportunity for high school students
interested in service and possessing leadership potential.

The chartering process involves two easy steps:

  1. Complete our Build a Club form.
  2. Once we have been notified of your interest, we will hold a brief phone interview.

We look forward to further discussing your interest and ideas!
Once your chapter request has been approved, we will send you a starter packet.

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

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Read more about Jasmine.

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