The Child Advancement Project

One hour a week. Transformative impact.

Become a CAP mentor

In just one hour a week, as a Child Advancement Project (CAP) mentor you can help a child believe in themselves. Join our community of over 500 students and professionals invested in local children.

The Child Advancement Project (CAP) matches adult volunteers from the community with children in Bozeman and Big Sky Public Schools.

These mentors work one-on-one with students in grades preK-12 to provide support and encouragement. Mentors help students discover and build upon their individual strengths, and affirm student’s ability to shape their own futures.

CAP mentors are screened, trained and supervised by professional CAP Coordinators, establishing a community of volunteers who are engaged in the local school system and invested in the future of their community.

Thrive’s locally designed CAP program is now part of the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices (NREPP), a highly-regarded standing indicating the program's proven effectiveness in creating positive outcomes for children. The CAP Program is Bozeman's only evidence-based mentoring program.

Learn more about CAP through NREPP here.

Each year, over 500 community members spend an hour a week working towards a common cause: helping local kids in the Gallatin Valley reach their full potential.

Get Involved with CAP

For Parents

Contact your school's CAP Coordinator, learn about how CAP can support your child or nominate your child for a CAP mentorship.

Volunteer as a CAP Mentor

Each year, over 500 Gallatin Valley residents donate an hour a week to a child in need. Join our team of dedicated volunteers.

CAP Mentor in the Spotlight

Each month we feature one of our many volunteers who donate their time and talent to the CAP program. Check out this month's Mentor in the Spotlight!

By the Numbers

Students
Mentored in 2017-2018 School Year
%
of Teachers said CAP helped students reach their goals
%
of CAP Studends are exceeding District benchmarks for reading growth
Mentors
Volunteered in 2017-2018

Hear it Straight from a CAP Match:

Want to learn more?

Drop us a line today and a CAP staff member will get you started.

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices

    July 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 26, 2019

    Location: Thrive

    This year's theme: Girls Have Talent! All girls going into 6th-8th grade are invited for this week-long experience at Girls' Stories, Girls' Voices. Join other middle school girls to explore many of the issues they face and discover ways to achieve a sense of self, deal with conflict, build relationships, and learn about our local…

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  • Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices

    July 25 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 26, 2019

    Location: Thrive

    This year's theme: Girls Have Talent! All girls going into 6th-8th grade are invited for this week-long experience at Girls' Stories, Girls' Voices. Join other middle school girls to explore many of the issues they face and discover ways to achieve a sense of self, deal with conflict, build relationships, and learn about our local…

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  • Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices

    July 26 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 26, 2019

    Location: Thrive

    This year's theme: Girls Have Talent! All girls going into 6th-8th grade are invited for this week-long experience at Girls' Stories, Girls' Voices. Join other middle school girls to explore many of the issues they face and discover ways to achieve a sense of self, deal with conflict, build relationships, and learn about our local…

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Meet your School's CAP Coordinator

  • Portrait of Erin Tope

    Erin Tope

    CAP Coordinator - Emily Dickinson & Meadowlark Schools

  • Portrait of Makenzie Quinn

    Makenzie Quinn

    CAP Coordinator - Bozeman High School

  • Portrait of Alex Opie

    Alex Opie

    CAP Coordinator - Chief Joseph & Sacajawea Middle Schools

  • Portrait of Julie Grimm-Lisk

    Julie Grimm-Lisk

    CAP Coordinator - Big Sky School District

  • Portrait of Becky Hodgson

    Becky Hodgson

    CAP Coordinator - Hawthorne & Morning Star Elementary Schools

  • Portrait of Debra DeBode

    Debra DeBode

    Thrive Liaison - Irving Elementary School

  • Portrait of Melissa Steinhauer

    Melissa Steinhauer

    Thrive Liaison - Longfellow Elementary School

  • Portrait of Libby Hansen

    Libby Hansen

    Thrive Liaison - Hyalite Elementary School

  • Portrait of Vonda Davis

    Vonda Davis

    Thrive Liaison - Whittier Elementary School

Our generous CAP sponsors

Thrive as an organization would not exist without the generous support of many individuals and partners who donate their time, materials and energy to this cause. Here are a few local businesses that continue to deserve our gratitude.