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."


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."

Our Work

Visual Arts and Music for Society - VAMS Volunteers at St. Providence Elizabeth Center, Ernestine Fu

Services: Whom We Benefit

VAMS simultaneously benefits both the underprivileged communities it reaches out to and its youth volunteers.


Underprivileged Communities

Visual Arts and Music for Society helping underprivileged communities

Each VAMS chapter regularly prepares and hosts events at various community centers, including hospitals, foster care centers, and convalescence homes. These student-organized events incorporate music, creative arts, and performing arts.

Our dynamic and diverse teenage volunteers recognize the healing power of art and its ability to uplift. Assisting those who are often forgotten in society, VAMS members organize events that include:

  • Orchestral performances
  • Choral selections
  • Musical skits
  • Dancing
  • Karaoke
  • Arts and craft activities
  • Drawing and painting
  • Card making
  • Cookie decorating
  • Story-telling

…and much more!

VAMS volunteers also seek to educate the broader community about the disorders and disabilities their outreach groups suffer from, thus increasing awareness about and support for these serious conditions.


Youth Volunteers

Visual Arts and Music for Society - VAMS International and high school students

VAMS volunteers don’t just serve others. They also benefit from their involvement in VAMS. While serving their schools and communities, VAMS members:

  • Experience team building and personal development
  • Broaden their societal views
  • Develop event organization and management skills
  • Encounter performance opportunities
  • Witness the power of art and community service
  • Build lasting friendships

…and much more!

VAMS youth are provided with unique leadership, service, and learning experiences through its high school programYouth Leadership Seminarscholarship program, VAMS Fund, and internship program.

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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