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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Helped since 1995
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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 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

    February 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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    Weekly

    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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  • Thriving Parents: Parenting the Love and Logic® Way @ BHS

    February 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, happening 5 times

    Location: Bozeman High School

    Join Thrive's BHS & CJMS Parent Liaisons and other local parents for a 5-week course giving parents the opportunity to learn practical skills to use in their homes right away for issues like: improving communication, ending power struggles, promoting healthy technology use, and increasing personal responsibility. The Thriving Parents: Parenting the Love and Logic® Way approach to…

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  • Thriving Parents: Parenting the Love & Logic® Way @ Hawthorne

    February 23 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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    One event on March 2, 2019 at 9:00am

    Location: Hawthorne Elementary School

    Join Thrive's Morning Star, Hawthorne & Irving Parent Liaisons and other local parents for a 2-day course giving parents the opportunity to learn practical skills to use in their homes right away for issues like: improving communication, ending power struggles, and using empathy to build a stronger relationship with your child. The Thriving Parents: Parenting…

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  • 2019 Girls for a Change Summit: Life Unscripted

    February 23 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

    Location: Montana State University

    What is the Girls for a Change Summit? The Girls for a Change Summit, hosted at the Montana State University campus in Bozeman, MT, is an annual, day-long event devoted to encouraging high school-age girls to step out of their comfort zones and experience a day of incredible fun. Girls that attend make new friends, try…

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  • Gym Days: Belgrade

    February 27 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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    Weekly

    Location: Heck/Quaw Gym

    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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  • Thriving Parents: Parenting the Love & Logic® Way @ Whittier

    February 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 5:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until March 6, 2019

    Location: Whittier Elementary School

    Join Thrive's Whittier & Longfellow Parent Liaisons and other local parents for a 5-week course giving parents the opportunity to learn practical skills to use in their homes right away for issues like: improving communication, ending power struggles, and using empathy to build a stronger relationship with your child. The Thriving Parents: Parenting the Love and…

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From the CAP Blog

February Mentors in the Spotlight: Allison Banfield & Cori Huttinga

CAP Mentors at: Irving Elementary Allison Banfield Mentor for: 9 Years!   Allison Banfield has been a CAP mentor for nine school years! Allison became a CAP Mentor because she likes kids and was curious about what was happening in the schools since her own son was older and no longer school-aged. She has mainly…

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January Mentor in the Spotlight: Lena Johnson

CAP Mentor at: Hyalite Elementary CAP Mentor for: 2 years! Lena first started as a CAP Mentor during her time in graduate school at MSU. Upon graduation, Lena moved away from Bozeman for awhile, but once she returned, Lena began mentoring again. Lena has been with her current CAP Student for about a year. Lena…

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