By DINA ARÉVALO
Port Isabel-South Padre Press
Joe Vega may be young at age 23, but he hasn’t let that stop him from giving back to his community. Recently, the rapper and manager of Dirty Al’s made a return to one of his favorite places to hang out as a kid, the Boys and Girls Club of the Laguna Madre.
He was there to speak to current members of the club about how his experiences at the club positively influenced his life. “When you have someone to look up to and look at that really cares about you and is earnest about keeping a relationship with you. There’s a lot of us, the kids that come here, they might not have that at home. …It is those little things that stay in the back of your head throughout your life about being a responsible citizen,” he said. His goal in returning to the club time and again to “give back” is to help encourage the kids the way he was. “(I’m) trying to influence kids and telling them it doesn’t matter where you come from, it doesn’t matter your situation right now, as long as you have an idea of yourself in the future that’s bigger than you environment now. It doesn’t take a lot to give back to the community, to share with your friends and with your family,” he said.
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