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 Fundraiser

Shop Till You Drop

The next VAMS Fundraiser, “Shop Till You Drop,” will take place in December 2010 around the Los Angeles area. We are having a massive sale with 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.

Spread the word and come to the event!

Get Involved

  • Donate money to support VAMS Scholarships directly
  • Donate items to the fundraiser
    Note: We are in special need of clothing racks and hangers, shopping bags, tables, and chairs, but all items are much appreciated.

Find out more about the VAMS Scholarship Committee to see who's behind this event.


Ernestine Fu, Visual Arts and Music for Society - Charity Shopping Event

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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