Committed to the Youth
Program Coordinator - The Confluence Center (McGlone Academy)
Paul Clifton is a Media Arts and Technology Teacher at McGlone Academy located in Denver, CO. He attended the University of Northern Colorado - Center for Urban Education, graduating with a B.A. in Elementary Education. Paul is from a family of educators and has over 10 years of experience working in schools as a Family Liaison, Apprentice Teacher, Classroom Teacher and Senior Team Lead. He is currently developing a Media Arts center in his school called "The Confluence" that will serve community members in Denver's Montbello neighborhood. The Confluence, in partnership with YEBO (Youth Empowerment Broadcasting Organization) looks to bring local Denver artist into the classroom to help youth and community members develop their artistic passions as changemakers and write their own narratives through community storytelling.
CORY MINKAH MONTALVO
Founder, Chief Plug
Born and raised in Colorado, Cory reimagines and designs the learning spaces of the future with local communities. His work with students and families is informed by his passions for storytelling, social justice, and the media arts. Cory’s professional interests and projects are rooted in building educational systems that support youth with developing into righteously authentic individuals.
Cory’s career in education has crossed great rivers, including experiences in Colombia and South Africa. Prior to founding YEBO, Cory was a dean of students and culture, a K-5 teacher and paraprofessional, and a site coordinator for Reading Partners. He has participated in numerous fellowships, including with Camelback Ventures, Moonshot edVentures, the Donnell-Kay Foundation, 4.0 Schools, and High Tech High. In 2014, Cory was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to South Africa. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado Denver with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing, and a minor in Ethnic Studies.
Cory also serves as a founding board member for the Colorado Youth Congress, where he supports youth in their efforts to work across lines of difference in service of the public good and create systems-level change. Cory’s vision is a society in which youth drive conversations and use their creative potential to uplift their heritage and create solutions for their community's most pressing challenges.
"To the stars, through difficulties."