The Child Advancement Project

One hour a week. Transformative impact.

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Become a CAP mentor for the 2023-2024 school year

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 300 students and professionals invested in local children.

Already a CAP mentor?

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

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 preK-12 to provide support and encouragement. Mentors help students discover and build upon their individual strengths, and affirm students' 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 300 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 300 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

CAP Matches
Mentored in Big Sky in 2022-2023 School Year
of teachers report that the CAP Program was successful in helping CAP students with established goals
of K-3 students report that because of their CAP mentor, they liked school more than without meeting with a CAP mentor
CAP Matches
Mentored in 2022-2023 School Year

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.

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Meet your School's CAP Coordinator

  • Portrait of Ashley Myers

    Ashley Myers

    CAP Coordinator - SMS & BHS

  • Portrait of Darby May

    Darby May

    CAP Coordinator - GHS & CJMS

  • Portrait of Ramy Mehta

    Ramy Mehta

    CAP Coordinator - Big Sky

  • Portrait of Sophia Fortunato

    Sophia Fortunato

    Volunteer Engagement Coordinator

  • Portrait of Elizabeth Stewart

    Elizabeth Stewart

    Thrive Liaison - Longfellow Elementary School

  • Portrait of Kaylee Triemstra-Gonzalez

    Kaylee Triemstra-Gonzalez

    Thrive Liaison - Irving Elementary School

  • Portrait of Andrea Lawrence

    Andrea Lawrence

    Thrive Liaison - Hawthorne Elementary School

  • Portrait of Melissa Stanley

    Melissa Stanley

    Thrive Liaison - Emily Dickinson Elementary School

  • Portrait of Sara Friedman

    Sara Friedman

    Thrive Liaison - Whittier Elementary School

  • Portrait of Kate Lambert

    Kate Lambert

    Thrive Liaison - Saddle Peak Elementary

  • Portrait of Helena Mancey

    Helena Mancey

    Thrive Liaison - Meadowlark Elementary School

  • Portrait of Julie Kleine

    Julie Kleine

    Thrive Liaison - Morning Star 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.