The Child Advancement Project

One hour a week. Transformative impact.

Mentors still needed this year!

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

Mentored in 2016-2017 School Year
Positive Rating From Teachers
of Students Liked School More
Enrolled for 2016-2017

CAP Success Stories

CAP Mentor of the Year: Kippy Sands

By Thrive | April 30, 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 Mentor of the Year: Kippy Sands Mentor for: 15 Years!   Kippy has been an absolutely incredible support to our community throughout the 15 years (!) she has been a CAP Mentor. We love and appreciate her dedication to the program. She currently mentors 3 children, all at separate times so they…

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…

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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

  • Summer Fun in the Park

    June 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

    Location: Lindley Park

    Bring your kids along to have fun in the summer sunshine at this free family event. Enjoy a free lunch and meet other local parents while your kids play and burn off some energy! Register Here! 

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  • Camp GOTR

    June 17 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    Location: Thrive

    Girls Have Power! A week-long camp just for girls entering 3rd – 5th grade. 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. Cost: $125, limited scholarships available Location: Thrive Dates: June 17th -21st Time: 8:30am - 12:30…

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  • Dynamite Dads: Fun Zone

    June 19

    Location: Bozeman Fun Zone

    Dynamite Dads is a free, monthly event that gives dads, father-figures and the kids they love a chance to bond. Each event is free and dinner is provided. This month we’ll be playing at Bozeman Fun Zone.  It is an indoor playground with huge foam pits, bounce houses, obstacle courses and games! Register Here!   

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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.