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come + explore: summer bridge program


Come and Explore is an innovative approach to systemic issues around access and equity for underserved communities, schools, and children in Houston. This program was developed by local high school students in response to Young Audiences of Houston's regional needs assessment identifying gaps and inequities. Youth Action Committee members, comprised of high school students, then outlined a plan of action and a model now called, Come and Explore.


The Come and Explore model exemplifies social responsibility and development through a peer to peer support approach for communities. Through mentor leadership teams comprised of area high school students, educators and local teaching artists students are supported through grade level and academically aligned content that allows for a personalized learning approach to education.


The Come and Explore program provides children and their families with both in the program and at-home activities to reduce barriers to summer learning loss and engages a whole-child approach to learning -- to combat summer learning loss.

Drop Off Donated Art Supplies:

675 Bering Dr., Suite 300, Houston, TX 77057

M-F; 9am to 5pm

Amazon Wish List: HERE




student mentor volunteers


Join Young Audiences of Houston as High School Mentors in our Come and Explore program, helping introduce youth to arts-based and integration programming in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts.


High School Mentors will gain valuable leadership skills and experience while working alongside master teaching artists from Young Audiences of Houston. As a High School Mentor, you will have a direct hand in every aspect of the program – developing your skills in planning the curriculum, managing day-to-day operations, engaging youth in reading and writing activities, and supporting a community celebration event for participating youth and their families.

Apply to become a High School Mentor for Come and Explore 2022! Applications are now open. The program will take place from June 13-17 & 21-24, 2022.


The application deadline has passed.



Phone: (713) 520-9264





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