Explore Austin Blog

  • February 1st, 2016
    Guest post written by Explore Austin advocate, Devyn Stewart of Austin Canoe and Kayak.
  • October 8th, 2015

    Guest post written by Explore Austin Mentor applicant, Devyn Stewart of Austin Canoe and Kayak.

  • June 5th, 2015
    We are excited to announce that our very own Explore Austin participant, Adan, recently received a scholarship to attend a month long NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) course in the Wind River Range in Wyoming.
    Adan began our program in the 6th grade.  Looking back, he is convinced that at 12 years old he was “headed down the wrong path”.  While in the Explore Austin program (6th- 12th grade), he built significant relationships with his mentors (which he still maintains today), and learned many life lessons through outdoor adventure with his team.  He grew into a young leader and a successful student, and now feels confident that he is “on a path to success”.  And his Mentors and the Explore Austin staff wholeheartedly agree that he has a bright future ahead!
    Tags: NOLS, leadership, adventure
  • April 16th, 2015

    Written by 2017 Girls Mentor, Stephani Smolucha

    During April 2014, I decided to bring one of my explorers, Tylynn, to “Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work” day with me. The "Take Our Daughters And Sons To Work" program was created to “go beyond just shadowing what a parent or mentor does during the work day—but to show them the value of their education and provide an opportunity to share how they envision their future.”

  • April 10th, 2015

    Here at Explore Austin we work to serve our city by staying active both physically and in our communities. Local fitness specialist and Explore Austin Mentor, Greg Galindo, is achieving the same end through his company Good Fight Fitness.

    In order to inspire success in the company’s clients, Good Fight Fitness will make a charitable donation to Explore Austin for every person who signs up for personal training! Greg’s mission is to provide a fun, safe, innovative, and active environment for those looking to improve their fitness while making a positive impact in their community.

    Tags: Health, Fitness, mentor
  • March 30th, 2015

                My name is Rodolfo Galvan and I am in the Explore Austin class of 2015. I first started Explore when I was in 6th grade. I remember writing my application to Explore Austin, in fact, it was the first application I had submitted in my life. I was only 12 years old. I had it all nice and tidy in a manilla folder, which I used to refer to as a vanilla folder, I soon learned they weren’t the same things, but that’s a completely different story. Today I am here to talk to you all about the impact Explore Austin has had on my life and why it remains important to me.

  • November 24th, 2014

    Explore Austin Announces Newly Elected Board Members and Advisors

    Austin, Texas – Explore Austin, a nonprofit dedicated to changing the lives of underserved youth through leadership, mentoring, and adventure, is proud to announce two newly elected members to the Board of Directors and two members joining the Advisory Council. The newest members of the Board of Directors, Jocelyn Hornblower and Kevin Richardson, will be responsible for the organization’s strategic direction. Dan Graham, Steve Aycock and Warren Walters have joined the Advisory Council.

    Jocelyn Hornblower is a case writer and consultant working for the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies at her alma mater, Stanford’s Graduate School of Business. She also is a managing director at Hunter Trust, a private investment concern, where she co-manages the sourcing, assessment and management of private and public investments. In her free time, Jocelyn enjoys exploring Austin and the Hill Country with her husband and two children.

    Tags: Board of Directors, Advisory Council, leadership
  • November 5th, 2014

    Community support is essential for the success of Explore Austin and the future of our Explorers.  TGM Wind Services is Explore Austin's newest community partner and we could not be more excited to welcome them to the Explore Family. This past October, TGM was the Event Sponsor of our 2nd Annual Fall Backyard Ball that raised over $12,000 for our Explorer Program.

    TGM Wind Services provides energy services primarily concentrated within renewable wind energy.  Based in Abilene, TGM already made their mark in their hometown community as a strong supporter of the West Texas Rehab and youth organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America.

    As one of the newest residents to Austin, TGM was in search of an opportunity to become plugged in to the Austin community and found inspiration in the Explore Austin mission.

    Tags: community, Partnership
  • October 27th, 2014

    Since 2006, seventy of Austin’s best and brightest have stepped up to make a difference in our community. They each committed to changing the lives of underserved youth – a vulnerable population waiting for a chance to be leaders.

    Tags: Recruitment, mentor, application
  • August 13th, 2014
    Written by Chansin Esparza, Expore Austin Staff Member
    2020 KACP Girls 
    *Names have been changed
    After spending seven days in the wilderness with fourteen 12-year-old girls, I was reminded of the one thing it seems all young girls need: opportunities to build self-confidence. I could tell they needed it and craved it. Some of the girls were painfully shy – to the point of freezing and being unable to speak when it was their turn to play a game.