CAP Mentoring Program

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Support for kids when they need it most.

The CAP program connects school-age children with individual mentors who work one-on-one to help them succeed.

What is the CAP Program?

The Child Advancement Project (CAP) matches community volunteers in the Bozeman and Big Sky Public Schools with children in grades K-12. These mentors work one-on-one with children to increase academic and social competency and to enhance opportunities for academic challenge. They provide support and encouragement, help students discover and build upon their individual strengths, and affirm student’s ability to shape their own futures. Mentors are screened, trained and supervised by CAP Coordinators. Thrive’s locally designed CAP program is now posted on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices as an evidence-based program.

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By the Numbers

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Meet Our CAP Coordinators

CAP Coordinators are professional Thrive staff members who support students and volunteers during the mentoring process.

  • 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

Choose Your Path

Become a CAP Mentor

Join our network of over 600 local volunteers.

Contact the CAP Team

Contact us today to see how the CAP program can benefit your child.

Mentor in the Spotlight

Meet some of our outstanding volunteers.

Does Mentorship Really Matter?

Learn what former Bozeman high school principal Godfrey Saunders has to say about the Child Advancement Project.

Thank you for coming every Friday to see me. You make me feel special and smart. Remember I’ll call you this summer to go out for a day or something. You're the best Mentor ever!

— 5th Grade CAP Student’s Thank You Card

Upcoming Family Events

  • Camp GOTR

    June 20 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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    Daily

    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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  • Camp GOTR

    June 21 @ 8:30 am - 12:30 pm

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    Daily

    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 with the MSU Bobcats!

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

    Location: Bobcat Stadium

    Dynamite Dads is a free, monthly event that gives dads, father-figures and the kids they love a change to bond. Each event is free and dinner is provided.   This month we’ll be tossing the football around with the MSU Bobcats in the stadium!  We’ll provide the pizza and the Bobcats will provide the footballs!…

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  • Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices

    July 22 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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    An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 26, 2019

    Location: Thrive

    This year's theme: Girls Have Talent! All girls going into 6th-8th grade are invited for this week-long experience at Girls' Stories, Girls' Voices. Join other middle school girls to explore many of the issues they face and discover ways to achieve a sense of self, deal with conflict, build relationships, and learn about our local…

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  • Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices

    July 23 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

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    An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 26, 2019

    Location: Thrive

    This year's theme: Girls Have Talent! All girls going into 6th-8th grade are invited for this week-long experience at Girls' Stories, Girls' Voices. Join other middle school girls to explore many of the issues they face and discover ways to achieve a sense of self, deal with conflict, build relationships, and learn about our local…

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  • Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices

    July 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until July 26, 2019

    Location: Thrive

    This year's theme: Girls Have Talent! All girls going into 6th-8th grade are invited for this week-long experience at Girls' Stories, Girls' Voices. Join other middle school girls to explore many of the issues they face and discover ways to achieve a sense of self, deal with conflict, build relationships, and learn about our local…

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From the CAP Blog

CAP Mentor of the Year: Kippy Sands

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…

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May Mentors in the Spotlight: Molly Cech & Ashley Bickerstaff

CAP Mentor at: Hawthorne Molly Cech Mentor for: 7 years! Molly Cech has been a CAP Mentor for 7 years — aka, most of her adult life. Molly has mentored three different students at Hawthorne school, one of them from 1st through 5th grade. Molly has built some wonderful relationships with her students. She comes…

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