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.

Already a CAP mentor

Click here to access The Hive for online training, CAP information, and resources.

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.

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 2018-2019 School Year
%
of Teachers said CAP helped students reach their goals
%
of CAP Students are exceeding District benchmarks for reading growth
Mentors
Volunteered in 2018-2019

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 for a Change Virtual Summit – Workshop #3

    April 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    Location: Thrive Zoom Room

    Calling all girls in grades 7-12!  Registration is now open for our 3rd Virtual Girls for a Change Summit Series workshop. Spend the session dreaming up your own dream house! Led by some awesome community women in the engineering fields, we'll explore how the STEM fields work together to get things done. Then we'll be joined…

    Read More

  • Camp GOTR

    June 28 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every day that begins at 8:30 am, repeating until July 2, 2021

    Location: Thrive

    Join Thrive for a week-long camp just for girls! Girls will enjoy building friendships in a fun and inclusive setting that includes interactive lessons, being physically active, and expressing creativity through arts, crafts and storytelling. Camp Girls on the Run is available to girls entering 3rd-5th grade. Registration is limited to 10 girls. COST: $125.00;…

    Read More

  • Camp GOTR

    June 29 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every day that begins at 8:30 am, repeating until July 2, 2021

    Location: Thrive

    Join Thrive for a week-long camp just for girls! Girls will enjoy building friendships in a fun and inclusive setting that includes interactive lessons, being physically active, and expressing creativity through arts, crafts and storytelling. Camp Girls on the Run is available to girls entering 3rd-5th grade. Registration is limited to 10 girls. COST: $125.00;…

    Read More

Meet your School's CAP Coordinator

  • Portrait of Erin Tope

    Erin Tope

    CAP Coordinator - Bozeman & Gallatin High Schools

  • Portrait of Samantha Riley

    Samantha Riley

    CAP Coordinator - Big Sky School District

  • Portrait of Andrea Lawrence

    Andrea Lawrence

    CAP Coordinator - Chief Joseph & Sacajawea Middle Schools

  • Portrait of Debra DeBode

    Debra DeBode

    Thrive Liaison - Irving Elementary School

  • Portrait of Rachel Brown

    Rachel Brown

    Thrive Liaison - Emily Dickinson Elementary School

  • Portrait of Melissa Steinhauer

    Melissa Steinhauer

    Thrive Liaison - Longfellow Elementary School

  • Portrait of Ann Swann

    Ann Swann

    Thrive Liaison - Meadowlark Elementary School

  • Portrait of Mike Collins

    Mike Collins

    Thrive Liaison - Hawthorne Elementary School

  • Portrait of Colleen Tyioran

    Colleen Tyioran

    Thrive Liaison - Morning Star Elementary School

  • Portrait of Katie Arnold

    Katie Arnold

    Thrive Liaison - Whittier Elementary School

  • Portrait of Libby Hansen

    Libby Hansen

    Thrive Liaison - Hyalite 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.