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."

Youth Leadership Seminar

VAMS Youth Leadership Seminar at UCLA

Visual Arts and Music for Society - International Youth Leadership Seminar at UCLA

The goal of the annual VAMS Youth Leadership Seminar is to motivate and inspire high school students from around the country - the same students who will become the national and global leaders of tomorrow.

High school students from across the nation spend an intense, exciting day at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) during the summer to learn about the fight against various diseases, disorders, and disabilities.

In addition, participants discover strategies for outreach, from event planning basics to the architecture of an outreach event. Attendees work together and apply their knowledge by designing their own outreach event from scratch and presenting it in front of a panel of judges.

In essence, participants develop their leadership and management skills, learn to plan, organize, and execute charitable events, meet and converse with worldwide leaders, and develop long-lasting friendships with other high school leaders. Many VAMS Seminar participants become members of VAMS chapters at their local high schools.

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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