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.


Frequently Asked Questions

By the Numbers

Helped since 1995
Positive Rating from Parents
Improvement in Student Grades
CAP Matches
made in 2016

Meet Our CAP Coordinators

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

  • Portrait of Julie Grimm-Lisk

    Julie Grimm-Lisk

    CAP Coordinator - Big Sky School District

  • 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 Erin Tope

    Erin Tope

    CAP Coordinator - Emily Dickinson & Meadowlark Schools

  • 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

  • Gym Days: Bozeman

    April 25 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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    Location: Willson School

    Gym Days is a free, weekly event designed for parents and toddlers to have a place to go, socialize and 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 and Belgrade school districts each generously provide a space for use one…

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  • CAP Mentor Appreciation Night

    April 25 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

    Location: Starky’s Authentic Americana

    We could not do what we do without the dedication of our incredible CAP Mentors.  To express our gratitude, we are inviting our CAP Mentors to join us for mingling & appetizers at Starky's Authentic Americana on April 25th.  There will also be a guest speaker, raffle, and a cash bar. Please contact Maria Malloy…

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  • Circle of Security® Parenting­™ Class

    April 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, repeating until April 30, 2019

    Location: Belgrade Middle School

    At times all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. The Circle of Security® Parenting™ program is based on decades of research about how secure…

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  • Dynamite Dads: Fishing Fun!

    May 15 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

    Location: Bozeman Pond

    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 fishing at Bozeman Pond.  Bring a fishing pole if you have one!  A limited number of fishing poles and bait will be available.…

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  • Camp GOTR

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

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    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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  • Girls’ Stories, Girls’ Voices

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

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    An event every day that begins at 9:00am, 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

April Mentor in the Spotlight: Wyatt Frank

CAP Mentor at: Bozeman High School Wyatt Frank Mentor for: 1 year!   This is Wyatt’s first year mentoring and we are so lucky to have him as a CAP Mentor.  Wyatt is one of the most caring people his CAP Coordinator has ever met! He is an amazing Mentor and always shows up to…

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March Mentors in the Spotlight: Chloe Blevins & Tyler Kern

CAP Mentor at: Emily Dickinson Elementary Chloe Blevins Mentor for: 2 years!   Chloe is truly a valuable asset to the CAP program, and someone that the both the school staff and her CAP Student depend on. Chloe is honest, incredibly hard-working, and does not shy away from a challenge. Beyond that, she is an…

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