“One Montbello is about [the idea that] we’re stronger together we need to bridge some of the breaches in our community between different racial groups, different ethnics groups,” Bechhoefer said. “We want to bridge some of the divides in our community and get more community members attached to this community.”
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In October, the Steps to Success Positive Recognition Community Awards honored people who live, work, or play in Montbello and acknowledged their contributions to the neighborhood.
"We want a ripple effect. I recognize you, it feels good, you think about it, you acknowledge somebody else," Brown said.
And so they began to make positive recognition more public. It's not just kids that will be recognized for good deeds moving forward, it's the adults, the role models. Role models like Dianne Cooks.
One resource in particular is very popular with Montbello families. That's "Strengthening Families," hosted by two churches in the neighborhood. It helps parents and kids ages 10 to 14 improve communication among themselves.
"People don't talk to their kids or listen to what their kids think. That causes all sorts of problems," said Montbello father Stanley Mills. "So they look to their peers, they look to drugs and alcohol...Instead of getting into arguments and power struggles, things like that, you can use some basic tools to explain yourself," he said.
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Colorado Public Radio's Jenny Brundin reports on classroom calming in Montbello
The story of one program, PATHS (Promoting Alternative THinking Strategies) is one of success, and hope for the successful development of the students who are attending the schools where it is being implemented.
Steps to Success is highlighted by the Denver Post.
The Steps to Success Youth Advisory Board teaches high school students to manage grants and empowers them to identify and address the community issues that matter to them!
Since adopting the PATHS program, teachers in Montbello have been telling us that they have experienced a reduction in classroom disruptions and improvements in academics, especially math.
Our very own Amesse Elementary School was highlighted this month in the PATHS Worldwide newsletter!
Do you know someone who should be recognized? We rely on community members like you to identify possible recipients of the Steps to Success Positive Recognition Community Awards.