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.

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

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
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

  • Summer Fun in the Park

    August 25 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

    Location: Lindley Park

    Join Thrive for a socially distanced, rocking good time in the park for a free family friendly concert featuring Music Together® with Kate & The AlleyKats! Music Together® is designed for children, ages birth to 6 years old, and their parents. Bring your picnic blanket and any small instruments you would like to jam along…

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Meet your School's CAP Coordinator

  • Portrait of Erin Tope

    Erin Tope

    CAP Coordinator - Bozeman High School

  • Portrait of Andrea Lawrence

    Andrea Lawrence

    CAP Coordinator - Chief Joseph & Sacajawea Middle Schools

  • Portrait of Julie Grimm-Lisk

    Julie Grimm-Lisk

    CAP Coordinator - Big Sky School District

  • Portrait of Caitlin Dougherty

    Caitlin Dougherty

    Thrive Liaison - Meadowlark Elementary School

  • 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 Jill Pratt

    Jill Pratt

    Thrive Liaison - Hawthorne Elementary School

  • Portrait of Becky Hodgson

    Becky Hodgson

    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.