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The Voice of Montbello Podcast

The Voice of Montbello Podcast

By The Confluence Media Center
Join BIPOC youth from Montbello, CO, as they build power and advocacy through storytelling. Through interviews with local artists, politicians, educators, and everyday heroes, the Voice of Montbello Podcast Team is out to write their own narratives rooted in the excellence and brilliance of the Montbello community.
The Voice of Montbello Podcast is a proud member of the YEBO Podcast Network.

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Future Culture 002: Immigration and Us
Thank you for listening to Future Culture! In this episode, Natalie and Jonathan join the show to discuss immigration and how it has impacted our lives. We hope you enjoy the episode!
October 6, 2021
Ms. Okoye
In this episode, a friend of the show, Ms. Okoye, joins us once again to remind us to be our true authentic selves. Ms. Okoye is from the Bell-Side and has been teaching at McGlone for over 10 years. We hope you enjoy the episode.
October 6, 2021
Ms. Klare
In this episode, we will hear from Ms. Klare.
October 6, 2021
Ms. Procter
In this episode, we had a conversation with our Middle School Principal, Ms. Procter. 
October 6, 2021
Ms. Piñon
In this episode, we will hear from Ms Piñon and her amazing story about her passion for teaching.
October 6, 2021
Mr. Rivas
In this episode, we speak with Mr. Rivas who is a new Science Teacher at McGlone Academy. We talked about his teaching career and what led him to McGlone. We also discussed some of his favorite hobbies and travels around the world.
October 6, 2021
The Three Jays with Mr. Pachecho
In this episode, we learn about Mr. Pacheco and his journey through life so far.
October 6, 2021
Her Story: Ms. Reed
Thank you all for listening :)) In this episode we have Mrs. Reed with us today!! We know Mrs. Reed as a GREAT storyteller and we wanted to know more about her and her story. We wanted to build a stronger connection with Mrs. Reed so we all decided to have an interview with Mrs. Reed for this episode.
October 6, 2021
Life is Art 001: Life Begins
Welcome to Life is Art where we explore our own identities through art. In this episode, you will meet Zuri, Kristie, and Serenidee as they discuss their own artist identities and what they hope to discover by making this podcast. We hope you enjoy this episode!
September 10, 2021
Future Culture 001: Gaming with Luis
Welcome to Future Culture where hosts Gerardo and Juanito share stories and insights about their lives and all things youth culture. In this episode, special guest, Luis, joins a conversation about video games. The crew discusses the ins and outs of their favorite games and how they use gaming to communicate with peers. We hope you enjoy this episode!
September 3, 2021
Jonathan K. Osborne: Black Excellence Series
Thank you for listening to The Voice of Montbello Podcast! In today’s episode, we interview Jonathan Osborne, a trial attorney. An educator at our school named Mrs. Gorman set up this interview for us because, well, Jonathan is her older brother! Jonathan K. Osborne is a trial attorney and former federal prosecutor, who concentrates his practice in the areas of business disputes, corporate investigations, and white-collar criminal defense. In his daily practice, he represents clients in state and federal courts and before arbitration tribunals; leads internal investigations; and defends businesses and their interests when faced with government scrutiny. Formerly, as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida, Jonathan prosecuted criminal cases involving allegations of fraud; computer crimes and identity theft; human smuggling; international narcotics trafficking; and violent gangs. Outside of work, Jonathan loves mentoring students and serves on advisory boards for community-based organizations. Before law school, he played college basketball at the University of Las Vegas and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and obtained a Master of Arts degree from UNLV in Communication Studies. We spoke to Jonathan to learn more about what motivated him to become a lawyer. We also discussed inequities in the criminal justice system and police reaction to protests. We are grateful that Jonathan was able to speak with us and a special thank you and shout out to Mrs. Gorman for setting up this interview. We hope you enjoy this episode!
May 18, 2021
Kelly Okoye: Black Excellence Series
Thank you for listening to The Voice of Montbello podcast. Today, we will be talking to the fantastic Ms.Okoye about her teaching life, her motivations to become a teacher, and when she had to show Black Excellence. We also had a chance to learn more about her educational venture Radical Arts Academy of Denver, RAAD, and her love for arts education. We hope you enjoy this episode!
May 16, 2021
Donnis Hurd: Black Excellence Series
Thank you for listening to the Voice Of Montbello Podcast! In today’s episode, we will be talking to Ms. Donnis Hurd. Ms. Hurd is a great teacher in all grades and is a powerful teacher leader at our school McGlone. She helps educators improve their teaching. We had a special opportunity to talk about what inspired her to be a teacher, her experiences as a mother, and what she loves about our Montbello community.
May 15, 2021
Dr. Jack Wetter: Survivor Stories
In this episode, you will hear our interview with holocaust survivor Dr. Jack Wetter. An extraordinary educator and a member of our McGlone Community, Ms. Peleg, set up this interview so we can hear a first-hand account of what happened during the holocaust and the effects it had on the people who survived. They are heroes because they overcame so many tragic moments and survived to tell their stories so that we can learn to treat one another with empathy and respect. The interview was so interesting, and we were so excited because many of our classmates had the opportunity to ask questions. We learned that Dr. Wetter and his family hid inside a basement. He didn’t remember anything because he was just a baby during the events of the holocaust.  However, the tragic events impacted him physically and mentally for the rest of his life. He talked to us about how he overcame challenges and obstacles in his life to become a successful psychologist who shares his story to inspire others. We hope you enjoy this very special episode!
May 13, 2021
Aharon Bustillos-Perez: I Love the Bellside
In this episode of I Love the Bellside, we hear from videogame enthusiast and Confluence Center intern Aharon Bustillos-Perez. Aharon is a Junior at Northeast Early College and is set on pursuing culinary arts as a future career. He possesses many talents and has taken on an opportunity to dive into the world of music and audio production. In this interview, we learn about Aharon's passions and why he loves the Bellside!
April 9, 2021
Eboni Sweat: Black Excellence Series
In this episode, you will hear our conversation with an amazing educator, Educational Counselor, and Restorative Justice Coordinator at McGlone Academy, Ms. Eboni Sweat. We love Ms. Eboni, she comes to check in with us each day to see how we are doing. When kids are having a tough day she helps make it better. She is a great person we can trust to help us through tough times. Eboni grew up in the Parkhill neighborhood of Denver and graduated from George Washington High School. Aside from being a great support for students at McGlone, Eboni is also the JV girls basketball coach at East High School. We talked to Eboni to learn about her inspirations and learn more about what Black Excellence means to her. We hope you enjoy this episode!
March 26, 2021
Kwame Spearman. The Tattered Cover: Black Excellence Series
In this episode we welcome Kwame Spearman CEO of The Tattered Cover Bookstore. In December of 2020, Kwame, and his business partner David Back purchased the Tattered Cover because they know how important the store is to the Denver Community. The purchase made the Tattered Cover the largest black owned independent book store in America. It is so cool that this place exists right here in our own community. We asked Kwame about his experiences as a black entrepreneur to learn more about what or who inspired him to get into business. For this interview, Kwame called in virtually and we invited some younger students in to speak to Kwame with us. You will hear questions from Tru, Jayveon, Dorianda and Avayah. We are so proud of them for making their first podcast. A special thank you to Mrs. Lovell for setting this interview up for us. We hope you enjoy the interview!
March 12, 2021
I Am Black Excellence
Join The Voice of Montbello Podcast Team as they search for Black Excellence in their McGlone Academy Community by speaking with their families, educators, and peers. Through their journey they discover that Black Excellence has always existed within themselves and that it can be found all over their McGlone and Montbello Community. A special thank you to the McGlone Community, students, teachers, and families for coming together to make this video special! We are Black Excellence!
February 23, 2021
Becoming Artists: Lessons from a Poetry Mural Project with Adri Norris and Franklin Cruz
How do you become an Artist? In this episode, we learn how 4th graders from McGlone Academy tapped into their artist selves by engaging in a Poetry Mural Project with artists Adri Norris and Franklin Cruz. Students met virtually with Franklin, who facilitated engaging and powerful writing experiences that built community and helped young writers surface their inner artist to write words of inspiration to share with the Montbello Community. Inspired by youth poems during the workshops, Artist Adri Norris designed and painted a mural to honor Selena Quintanilla in the entrance of McGlone Academy. Several of the poems that inspired the mural are included in the piece to uplift students and families in the community. Listen as these young artists reflect on their experience in co-creating this project that will have a lasting impact on their community!
December 12, 2020
What does Black Excellence Mean to You?
In this episode, we discuss "Black Excellence" and what it means to youth in Montbello.
November 18, 2020
I Love the Bell-Side: Isaura Ibarra
This episode kicks off our I love the Bell-Side Series where we interview Montbello youth who are transitioning or have recently transitioned into the post-secondary life, headed to college, taking a gap year, working on art starting a business or any other dope venture Montbello youth want to take on. We hope to learn about their experiences growing up in Montbello, things they love and things they would like to change about the community. Throughout COVID and the Black Lives Matter movement, Montbello youth have stepped up in many ways to serve the community and we hope to amplify their voices through these episodes. To kick things off we will hear from Isaura Ibarra. Isaura’s family moved to Montbello when she was 10 years old and attended John H. Amesse Elementary, shout out the road runners, and recently graduated from Northfield High School. Being from Ft. Morgan, Isaura learned many crucial lessons from folx in Montbello and established her identity through those experiences. She is an avid advocate for Montbello Youth and is especially passionate about reshaping education experiences for youth in the community. This episode will make you laugh, cry and fill you with inspiration from one of the Bell-Sides greatests.
August 7, 2020
Census 2020: Hazte Contar Montbello
¿Qué es el censo y porqué debemos hacerlo? Hablamos con Ana Mostacerro de Census 2020 y Salvador Hernandez de Mi Familia Vota para aprender del los beneficios que hay para las comunidades como Montbello con el censo y la privacidad de la información que damos.
August 5, 2020
Change: Beautiful Queens and Kings
In this episode, the Beautiful Queens and Kings discuss their view on the impact of Police Brutality on the Black Community and honor the lives lost. SAY THEIR NAMES! George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery!
June 26, 2020
Bellside Conversations
In this episode, Montbello Youth take on issues they face in the Bell-Side.
March 27, 2020
Fuera De Lugar: Barcelona vs Real Madrid
En este episodio hablams de futbol y discutimos de los mejores equipos de la liga espanola Barcelona y Real Madrid. Esperamos que disfruten este episodio.
February 19, 2020
Creando Cambios con el CCC
In this episode we hear from members of the CCC (Colorado Changemakers Collective), also know as Creando Cambios en Colorado. The CCC is an organization founded by Montbello residents and activists who have started their own businesses and programs that benefit the community. This Podcast is recorded in Spanish to honor the stories of CCC members.
February 14, 2020
Arturo Jimenez: Immigration Lawyer
In this episode we interview Immigration Lawyer Arturo Jimenez to learn about immigration law and immigrant rights. We also share important immigration tips and resources for families in need of assistance. We hope you tune in for this important conversation!
June 2, 2019
The IG Episode: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage
iọkwe aolep, (Hello everyone in Marshallese)! In this episode you will hear from a group of girls who organized a huge event at McGlone to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage. In this podcast you will hear their reflections of the event and how important it was to them that their culture is celebrated at school. We hope you enjoy the episode!
May 28, 2019
Mariel Reyes: Heroes of Montbello
In this episode we interview Mariel Reyes who is a former student at Martin Luther King Early College and a freshman at the University of Colorado Denver. We talked about challenges and advantages to having immigrant parents, growing up in Montbello and what it means to be a Chicano. Listen as Mariel shares her wisdom and beautiful poetry with our students!
May 27, 2019
Victoria Aguilar and the Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission
In this episode we hear from Victoria Aguilar and the Denver Immigrant and Refugee Commission as we discussed DAPA and DACA. We also talked about the power of story telling in bringing changes in our communities. We hope you enjoy this episode!
May 27, 2019
Stacie Gilmore
In this episode we hear from District 11 Councilwoman Stacie Gilmore as she shares her feelings about Montbello, violence in the community and her plans as Montbello continues to grow. We hope you enjoy the interview!
May 24, 2019
Joshua Gray: Video Games and School Violence
In this episode we hear from Joshua Gray as he speaks to his journey in the gaming industry. We also discussed violence in video games and how it relates to school shootings. We hope you enjoy this episode!
May 24, 2019
Danette Hollowell
In this episode we hear from Danette Hollowell! She shared stories and life lessons on becoming an artist and how to believe in yourself.
May 22, 2019
Mr Bell: Overcoming Challenges
In this episode we hear from the great and wise Jack Bell! Mr. Bell shared stories of his time fighting in Vietnam and shared advice on how to overcome adversity.
May 21, 2019
Ms. Vuolle: Do What You Love
In this episode we hear from Ms. Vuolle! We spoke to her about her life as a teacher and artist. She gave us a lot of advice on growing up as middle school students.
May 21, 2019
Ms. Maggie: Heroes of Montbello
In this episode of the The Voice of Montbello Podcast we hear the amazing story of Ms. Maggie, a student teacher and Burmese refugee. Maggie's story will inspire you to appreciate the small things in life! This podcast is everything!
May 31, 2018
Mayor Hancock: Heroes of Montbello
In this episode of "The Voice of Montbello Podcast" we hear from Denver's Mayor Hancock as we discuss the importance of Black History and get insight on what is being done to help our community grow. We had some really tough questions including how the Mayor has dealt with mistakes while in office. You don't want to miss this episode of VOM!
May 30, 2018
Hakeem Furious: You Are Someone to Someone
Hakeem Furious truly blessed our microphone In this episode of The Voice of Montbello Podcast! He shares some amazing poetry full of gems for our community.
May 24, 2018
Robert Johnson: Heroes of Montbello
In this episode of The Voice of Montbello Podcast we interviewed Robert Johnson who faced many obstacles as he integrated several schools in Littleton, CO. Hear his compelling story of overcoming racism to lead a very successful life. Robert is a true hero of Montbello!
May 24, 2018
Heroes of Montbello: Officer Garcia
In this episode of The Voice of Montbello Podcast we interviewed Officer Garcia. Officer Garcia faced many challenges in her journey to reach her goal of serving her community as a police officer. She also shares her love for Montbello and explains why she has decided to stay. Officer Garcia's heroes journey will inspire you to live your dreams and overcome anything that stands in your way!
February 24, 2018
Sandra Tapia: I Love the Bell-Side
Sister talk! In this episode of The Voice of Montbello Podcast Adamaris interviews her sister Sandra. You won't want to miss out on this conversation as they discuss college life, race, identity and the importance of community. We hope you enjoy this episode!
December 29, 2017
Mohammad Noorzai: My Story
In this episode of The Voice of Montbello Podcast we interview Mohammad Noorzai from the Colorado Muslim Society. Mohammad immigrated to the United States from Afghanistan over 30 years ago and was able to help his family escape the conflicts in his home country as refugees. Mohammad shared his thoughts on refugees, immigration, Islam. We hope you enjoy this episode!
June 6, 2017
Alex Landau: Violence Gone, Freedom On
This is heavy. In this episode of The Voice of Montbello we interview Alex Landau who is a strong advocate for all people everywhere. Alex is a survivor of police brutality and uses his voice not only to share his experience with the world but actively fights for change. We were heartbroken to hear his experience that cold night in 2009 that could have ended his life, but you will be encouraged and inspired by what happened next.
May 31, 2017
Mayorvy Cifuentes: My Story
In this episode of The Voice of Montbello Podcast we interview Mr. Cifuentes to learn about his journey to citizenship in America. Mayorvy was born in Guatemala and immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was 12 years old. Mr. Cifuentes worked extremely hard and shared many experiences from his journey that led to his success. We hope you enjoy the interview!
May 28, 2017
Oddisee: The That's Love Episode
Recording Artist "Oddisee" visited McGlone Academy while on tour in Denver for an interview with the Voice of Montbello Podcast. In this episode Oddisee shares his motivation for creating music about social justice and his feelings about race and discrimination. We were inspired by Oddisee and his words and we hope you enjoy the podcast!
May 28, 2017
DPD District 5 Commander Ron Thomas
In this episode of The Voice of Montbello Podcast we interview Commander Ron Thomas of Denver Police Department District 5. We discuss many topics with Commander Thomas including Black Lives Matter, police training and immigration. We hope you enjoy the interview!
April 30, 2017
Black Lives Matter 5280: Christina Xlimit
In this episode of "The Voice of Montbello Podcast" we interviewed Christina Xlimit of Black Lives Matter 5280. Christina is a local activist who fights for equal rights for all people. In this interview we discuss the mission of BLM 5280 and ideas to improve relationships with local police officers and our community. This episode will challenge media portrayals of BLM and includes detailed discussion of race. We invite you to listen with an open mind and we hope you enjoy the interview!
April 30, 2017
Violence Gone, Freedom On! Chief White Part 2
The Voice of Montbello Podcast is back with a new episode series called "Violence Gone, Freedom On". In this episode we interviewed Denver's Chief of Police Robert White. We discussed his motivations for becoming a police officer along with tough conversations about police violence and racism. podcast blacklivesmatter happykidslearnmore
April 13, 2017
Violence Gone, Freedom On Part 1 Chief White
The Voice of Montbello Podcast is back with a new episode series called "Violence Gone, Freedom On". In this episode we interviewed Denver's Chief of Police Robert White. We discussed his motivations for becoming a police officer along with tough conversations about police violence and racism.
April 4, 2017
Namesake Interview with Brother Ali
What is in a name? Brother Ali spoke to us about how he got his name and the amazing story about the Legendary Muhammad Ali that is unknown to many.
June 6, 2016
What Does it Take to be a Dope Emcee?
What does it take to be a true Emcee? Chris "Time" Steele, a local Denver Hip-hop artist has a strong message for students about the power of community and the strength of their voices. He asked each student for one word and wrote them on the board. You won't believe what happens next!
June 2, 2016
The West High School Walkouts
Interview with Carlos Santistevan about the West High School Walkouts of 1969.
May 14, 2016
The Immigration Of Room 121 Part 2
The Immigration Of Room 121 Part 2 by McGlone Academy
March 20, 2016
The Immigration Of Room 121
We are doing this podcast so that we can change how people see immigrants. Also, we want our parents’ voices to be heard and honored. Their stories motivate and inspire us to do great things to change the world. This episode is dedicated to immigrants from the past and the present and to those who didn’t complete their journey for freedom.
January 28, 2016
Episode 1: Lessons From Roll of Thunder
This episode features an interview with John Clifton. John grew up in the Segregated South and describes many of his experiences. The stories shared in this student created podcast will shed light on a tough time period for many Americans and inspire you to overcome obstacles in your own life.
January 18, 2016