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
CAP Success Stories
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Get Involved with CAP
Upcoming Events and Activities
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!
June 17 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm|Recurring Event (See all)Daily
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…
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!
Meet your School's CAP Coordinator
CAP Coordinator - Emily Dickinson & Meadowlark Schools
CAP Coordinator - Bozeman High School
CAP Coordinator - Chief Joseph & Sacajawea Middle Schools
CAP Coordinator - Big Sky School District
CAP Coordinator - Hawthorne & Morning Star Elementary Schools
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.