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."

Scholarship Application

Visual Arts and Music for Society - VAMS Musicians

Visual Arts and Music for Society has partnered with the Young Professionals' Group (YPG) to offer awards to deserving VAMS volunteers.

The Young Professionals’ Group (YPG) is a non-profit organization that provides financial support, guidance, and advice to high school seniors planning to further their education through a 4-year or 2-year college or a trade school.

In selecting award recipients, the scholarship committee will assess each applicant's community service, academic criteria, strength of character, work ethic, and financial need. While many other scholarships are awarded predominantly on academic track records, the VAMS-YPG Scholarship award committee highly values character and desire to make a positive impact on the world.

The first of these scholarship awards will be the 2011 VAMS-YPG Scholarship Award, which will include a $1,000 scholarship, opportunity to sit on a VAMS Board, and unlimited access to The Young Professionals' Group Advisor Network, a global network consisting of professional advisors who are available to share experiences, feedback, guidance, advice, and friendship.


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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