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, a highly-regarded standing indicating the program's proven effectiveness in creating positive outcomes for children.

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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CAP Success Stories

April Mentor in the Spotlight: Becky Imberi

By Anna Redbond | 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 Anna Redbond | 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 Anna Redbond | 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

  • Gym Day Belgrade

    April 26 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 11:00am on Wednesday, repeating until May 10, 2017

    Location: Heck/Quaw Cafeteria

    Join the Fun at Belgrade Gym Days! Gym Days are free, weekly events designed for parents and toddlers to have a place to go, socialize, and be able to actively play on cold Montana winter days! The Parent Place provides plenty of riding toys, tunnels, and balls for the kids to play with! The Bozeman…

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  • Gym Day Bozeman

    April 27 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 10:00am on Thursday, repeating until May 11, 2017

    Location: Willson School

    Join the Fun at Bozeman Gym Days! Gym Days are a free, weekly event designed for parents and toddlers to have a place to go, socialize, and be able to actively play on cold Montana winter days! The Parent Place provides plenty of riding toys, tunnels, and balls for the kids to play with! The…

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  • Dynamite Dads in May: Bingo and Movies

    May 17 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Location: highgate senior living

    Dynamite Dads is a free, monthly event that gives dads, father-figures and the kids they love the chance to bond. This month we’ll be watching movies and playing bingo at Highgate Senior Living Center! Dinner is included. Come along to play games and watch movies! We’ll provide the pizza!  

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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.