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."

Scholarship Committee

Visual Arts and Music for Society - VAMS Volunteers with Orphans



The Scholarship Committee is responsible for organizing and awarding scholarships to deserving youths. In order to encourage community involvement and teach appreciation for financial matters, the scholarship committee is involved in the entire process, from fundraising to the final decisions about who should receive the scholarship.



Every year the VAMS Executive Board selects a panel of students with promising philanthropic potential to pass the wealth along to other students. They plan a summer fundraiser to earn money to invest in the VAMS Fund which ultimately pays for the scholarships. In the fall they convene to create a unique scholarship application that will target a specific community group. Winter is the application period for the VAMS Scholarship and in the spring the committee reads the applications and selects the ultimate recipient for the award.


Learn about the 2011 Committee's "Shop Till You Drop" Fundraiser.


2010 Committee Member Spotlight

Visual Arts and Music for Society - Darlene Yvonne

Darlene Yvonne joined VAMS in her freshman year of high school. After attending the first meeting, she became fascinated with the organization's goals. "I value VAMS for its purpose. VAMS seeks to incorporate visual arts and music into the lives of those less fortunate while in turn building camaraderie and expanding awareness of people in need." Rising through the organization to become her chapter's Vice President, Darlene comments, "Over time I have noticed the impact that VAMS leaves on each of its community care centers. This impact is due to every one of the members." As a member of the Scholarship Committee, Darlene is primarily organizing fundraisers to raise money for the awards.

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

Read more about Jasmine.

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