Together Again

There is a special place in my heart for YMEN and Mike Trout, the founder and executive director. Mike Trout has been pouring his life into walking alongside young people and leading a powerful ministry of mentoring in the heart of Lawndale.

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Erin Foster
Risky Business

Carpe Ventus is impacting all of us. Youth, mentors, staff, volunteers and board members are taking life-giving risks, seizing the wind of opportunity, transformation and impact.

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Erin Foster
Can Adventure Transform Pain?

As we inched closer, I saw a young, boy walking backwards in front of the line of angry cars. He was screaming expletives, eyes wild with the surge of power he was feeling from blocking traffic from the front of this strange parade. 

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Erin Foster
Not Another Article on Gun Control

Chicago knows the devastating effects of gun violence. Ask any of the seasoned mentors Carpe Ventus works with and you will hear about the jarring communal trauma that occurs when youths or their family members fall victim to the violence.

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Erin Foster
The Research Behind the Wind

It's hard not to embrace the inner nerd after the 5 years of graduate study needed to get my doctorate in Clinical Psychology. During those years nothing sparked my interest like talk of developmental assets, youth violence prevention and grassroots programs.

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Erin Foster