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 Funding

Visual Arts and Music for Society - VAMS Volunteer with Girl from Skid Row, LA



The next VAMS Fundraiser, “Shop Till You Drop,” will take place in December 2010 around the Los Angeles area. A charity shopping event, this fundraiser will allow individuals to purchase both new and used goods while allowing their shopping dollars to mean something. This massive sale will have all sorts of clothes, accessories, school supplies, toys, art materials and much more. Come and buy new and used items at huge discounts while supporting scholarships for deserving youth. VAMS volunteers from the surrounding high schools will be giving their time to staff the event. Local businesses will also be donating food and other products to sell.

Learn more about the 2010 Shop Till You Drop fundraiser.



The VAMS Fund was established as a way for college students to hone their investment skills while raising the money required to fund the VAMS Scholarships. Learn about the Fund's portfolio, managers, and consultants.

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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