Brothers Julian and Daniel Vega are students at Indio high school. They are also alumni of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley (BGCCV) Indio clubhouse, who attended various after-school activities and programs that encouraged social development through health and physical awareness; empowerment through education discipline; skill advancement in computer technology and repair; as well as character growth through leadership, community service, and personal goals.
What Julian and Daniel took away from the various mentoring BGCCV programs, including STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education classes, greatly contributed towards their evolution as caring human beings. They were then able to apply their newly learned “how to solve real world community issues” and acquired computer training to help others.
Case in point: A family friend who comes from a low-income situation recently began taking courses at an adult school and needed a computer.
“As youth developers,” said David Bernal, BGCCV’s program outcome specialist, “we get to meet impressive kids throughout the years. We meet kids who thrive, despite tragic situations and challenging environment. Kids who exemplify the kind of citizens the Coachella Valley needs.
“Julian and Daniel reached out to me, asking if I had any extra computer parts. There was a family they knew that had a broken computer and need needed a replacement for adult education classes. This was a perfect mission for the brothers, whose father had, for years, encouraged them to practice acts of kindness during the holiday season feeling that a simple act of kindness can make a world of difference to someone in need. One doesn’t have to be wealthy to participate in acts of kindness, these young men live a modest lifestyle.”
Bernal offered Julian and Daniel the use of his garage workstation on Sundays, along with available spare parts and cable for their computer refurbishing project. This is a perfect example of the typical BGCCV “pass it on” ripple effect that greatly impacted these two boys, as well as their family, friends and schoolmates in a positive manner.
The Vega brothers are proud to give back to the community and look forward to passing it on in other ways.
For more information about the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley and their services call (760) 836-1160 or visit bgcofcv.org.
DeAnn Lubell, writer, novelist and publicist, has represented nonprofits and businesses in the areas of marketing, event planning and fundraising productions in the Coachella Valley since 1991. She has been the publicist for the McCallum Theatre since August 2016.