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 600 students and professionals invested in local children.

What is the Child Advancement Project?

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 K-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 600 community members spend an hour a week working towards a common cause: helping local kids in the Gallatin Valley reach their full potential.

By the Numbers

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Mentored in 2016-2017 School Year
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Positive Rating From Teachers
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CAP Success Stories

February Mentor in the Spotlight: Ann Dickensheets

By Thrive | February 2, 2018

CAP Mentor at: Irving School CAP Mentor for: 5 years! Ann is truly the CAP Mentor that every child should have. After 2 years of previous CAP Mentoring experience, Ann has been with her current CAP Student for 3 years, changing schools this year just to be able to stay matched with her student! Ann…

May Mentor in the Spotlight: Luke McKay

By Thrive | May 3, 2017

CAP Mentor at Longfellow Elementary School CAP Match for Two Years   What his CAP student says: “Luke, I always have a fun time when I’m with you!  Thank you for helping me a lot!”   What his CAP Coordinator says: “Luke, congratulations on being our May CAP Mentor in the Spotlight!  You are an outstanding…

April Mentor in the Spotlight: Becky Imberi

By Thrive | April 4, 2017

CAP Mentor at Chief Joseph Middle School CAP Match for Three Years What her student says: She’s very kind. Becky’s the best CAP pal ever. It’s very fun being with her! What her CAP Coordinator says: Becky, it is such a pleasure working with you! You always come in with such a great attitude, and…

March Mentor in the Spotlight: Hilary Johnson

By Thrive | March 6, 2017

CAP Mentor at Hyalite Elementary School First year as a CAP match What her CAP Coordinator says: Congratulations on being one of our March 2017 Mentors in the Spotlight! We appreciate your commitment to your student and the CAP Program. Thank you for your dedication; not only are you a wonderful academic support for your CAP…

March Mentor in the Spotlight: Mike Davis

By Thrive | March 3, 2017

CAP Mentor at Bozeman High School CAP Match for: 5 years What his student says: My CAP Mentor is one of the best mentors you can get. He always shows up whenever he can. He does a great job of helping me with my homework and if he doesn’t know how to do something, he…

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.

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 600 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!

Upcoming Events and Activities

  • Dynamite Dads in February: Winter Extravaganza

    February 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

    Location: Lindley Center

    Dynamite Dads is a free, monthly event series designed especially for dads, father-figures and the kids they love. The event series puts male role models in the spotlight and foster the father-child bond. This month we'll be playing outdoors in our own Bozeman Winter Wonderland! Dinner is included. Be sure to bundle up for this…

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  • Early Childhood Love and Logic: Parenting Made Fun

    February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 22, 2018

    Location: Christ The King Lutheran Church

    Early Childhood Love and Logic: Parenting Made Fun® is a six-week course, developed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc., that will help you find specific answers and strategies for some of those difficult moments in parenting. These simple techniques will be geared towards early childhood.     PLEASE NOTE: THIS CLASS IS FULL (as of…

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  • Parenting the Love & Logic Way: Whittier Elementary

    February 22 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, repeating until February 23, 2018

    Location: Whittier Elementary

    Parenting the Love and Logic Way® is a six-week course, developed by the Love and Logic Institute, Inc., will help you find specific answers and strategies for some of those difficult moments in parenting. These simple techniques will be geared towards elementary age children. This class will be led by your school Parent Liaison and it is designed to help you find…

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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.

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