Our Mission:

Life-Giving Risk.

We strengthen redemptive relationships through life-giving risk off the grid & on the water.

 
 
 
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Our Mission

We seek to develop redemptive relationships through life-giving risk. We work to strengthen mentorship through sailing; we provide opportunities for youth to get off the grid and onto the water where together we build life skills such as teamwork, communication, risk evaluation and contingency planning.

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Our Impact

Carpe Ventus does not stop at new perspective alone; we create space for learning to seize the wind while connecting with the wealth of real life experience found in unexpected new friends, even those from a different side of the city.  Our unique, collaborative challenges produce vital skills for venturing into new environments, cross-cultural relationships and community leadership.  We focus on actively connecting the challenge, growth and achievement created through sailing to the skills needed to thrive back on the grid.

 

507+

youth & mentors off the grid & onto the water

More than just exposure, more than 500 redemptive relationships strengthened their partnership in taking a life-giving risk together!

 

40+

Chicago Neighborhoods reached

Chicago is a city of 77 neighborhoods. While known in part for it’s segregation, 40+ different communities have come to the lakeshore that belongs to everyone.

 
 

18+

Non-Profit Organizations Served

Our favorite part of what we do - building relationships with people who meet the needs of their communities in strategic and meaningful ways. Learn more about these unique partners here.

 
 

Our Programs

Carpe Ventus is an innovative sailing nonprofit that seeks to develop redemptive relationships through life-giving risk. We work to strengthen mentorship through sailing; we provide opportunities for youth to get off the grid and onto the water where together web build life skills such as teamwork, communication, risk evaluation and contingency planning.In addition, we work to strengthen staff and volunteers by investing in their skills and understanding of building cross-cultural relationships with wisdom and compassion as well as create space for opportunities to recharge together on the water. Come join us and seize the wind!

 

Mentor:Strong Sail

Youth and mentor together take on the challenge of sailing. Our innovative curriculum transforms a sailing outing into a tangible life-giving experience that translates back on the grid for long term impact.
 

team:vision sail

Unique opportunity for groups or teams to get out sailing for bonding and team building while also learning about Carpe Ventus. Your experience gives you understanding of what our youth may experience. We hope you catch the vision and partner with us to create access for more of these young people!

Staff:ReCharge Sail

Designed for non-profit staff to disconnect from the weight of the work and connect with what builds hope and life. When staff have opportunity to recharge, the impact is greater, stronger and positioned for the long haul. Resist burnout and high turnover —recharge!

groundworks

For cross-cultural connection. Using experiential activities and engaging discussions, we create a unique and safe environment for minority and majority cultures to engage topics such as identity, microaggressions, developmental assets and more. We don’t just check the diversity training box. We remove barriers and invest in these relationships in redemptive and restorative ways from the ground up.

 
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Our kids had never been on a sailboat, some of them had never even seen Lake Michigan before. It was unlike any other sailing trips I’ve been on. It’s not just about sailing, it’s about youth development.

Michael Trout, YMEN / Watch the Video

 

 
 

Get Involved

We established Carpe Ventus dependent on partnership and we are building and growing that way too. Our volunteers are vital and their faithfulness and dependability are foundational to our success. Our donors are irreplaceable. Their generosity provides this unique opportunity and creates an environment for life change! Join us. Join us on the grid, on the water or from afar. Together, we will go far!

 

Volunteer opportunities

From the office, to on-shore hospitality, to crew, skippers and maintenance, we have a place for you! Get in touch, we’d love to meet you.

Make a Donation

Our fundraising makes this opportunity accessible to organizations and ministries of all sizes. Thank you for your generosity. Together we are creating access to a powerful resource for transformation.

 
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