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 preK-12. CAP Mentors work one-on-one with children to increase academic and social competency and to enhance opportunities for academic challenge. Mentors 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-grown CAP program was listed on the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices as an evidence-based program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A letter to parents of CAP students:

Dear Parent,

Your child has been selected to participate in the Child Advancement Project (CAP) this year! CAP is a signature program of Bozeman-based nonprofit, Thrive. Thrive provides programs that strengthen families in our community in order to help local children thrive.

CAP provides one-on-one mentoring for students, giving students individualized attention and support to enhance their academic and social success. CAP has been a popular program in the Bozeman Public Schools since 1989!

How was my child referred to CAP?

Students are referred to CAP by their classroom teacher, other school personnel, or by you - the parent.

Why was my child nominated for CAP?

Students can be nominated for a variety of reasons, including: extra help with academics, social skills, or academic/social enrichment opportunities.

Who will mentor my child?

CAP Mentors are community volunteers who are carefully recruited, screened, trained, and supervised by Thrive staff to provide individualized support to your child. Students meet with their Mentor at school once a week during the school year. Thrive selects a specific Mentor for your child that best "fits" your child's individual goals, needs, and interests.

A collaborative team consisting of your child's teacher(s), principal, CAP program staff, and other appropriate school professionals review the mentoring goals set for each student and assist the Mentor and student in working together to achieve those goals.

When will my child and their Mentor meet?

CAP is a school-based program. CAP students meet with their Mentor at their school during normal school hours and are supervised by Thrive's CAP staff at the school. If your child is a student at Bozeman High School and you have given your child permission to meet off-campus, the CAP Match may meet off-campus but must still meet during normal school hours. Please note: if you allow your child to meet with their Mentor outside of the school day or off campus, this meeting is not part of the CAP program and Thrive is not responsible for your child during these times.

Student Surveys

Each year, Thrive evaluates the effectiveness of the CAP program. If your child participates in CAP, they will be surveyed at the beginning and the end of each school year about: the helpfulness of their CAP Mentor, their social behaviors, and their academic skills. All evaluation surveys will be kept confidential.

 

We are so excited to have your child be part of the CAP program! Please reach out to Thrive at 587-3840 with any questions, concerns, or to obtain additional information.

Thank you!

-Thrive's CAP Staff

Meet Our CAP Coordinators

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

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    Erin Tope

    CAP Coordinator - Bozeman High School

  • Portrait of Andrea Lawrence

    Andrea Lawrence

    CAP Coordinator - Chief Joseph & Sacajawea Middle Schools

  • Portrait of Julie Grimm-Lisk

    Julie Grimm-Lisk

    CAP Coordinator - Big Sky School District

Choose Your Path

Become a CAP Mentor

Join our network of over 500 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

  • Thriving Institute: Maintaining Healthy Relationships During Quarantine

    April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Location: Thrive’s Facebook Page

    Stuck at home and feeling like you're about to lose it? We’re all stuck at home to some degree but that doesn’t mean we all need to quarrel. What if you could learn ways of communicating more effectively? What if you could maintain your personal relationships positively even if virtual? Join Thrive and Alexis Kraut, MSW on…

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  • Circle of Security® Parenting™ Class

    April 16 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 21, 2020

    Location: Thrive

    Thrive will be following CDC recommendations of not gathering together groups of 50 or more for the next 8 weeks. Thrive is canceling Gym Days, Dynamite Dads and the upcoming Thriving Institute. The Thriving Institute will go virtual with a specific institute for maintaining your sanity and accessing community resources. Schools are closed for the next two weeks so…

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    April 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 21, 2020

    Location: Thrive

    Thrive will be following CDC recommendations of not gathering together groups of 50 or more for the next 8 weeks. Thrive is canceling Gym Days, Dynamite Dads and the upcoming Thriving Institute. The Thriving Institute will go virtual with a specific institute for maintaining your sanity and accessing community resources. Schools are closed for the next two weeks so…

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  • Gym Days – Bozeman

    April 30 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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    An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Thursday, repeating until April 30, 2020

    Location: Willson Gym

    Join us for tricycles, bouncy balls, and lots of space to run around at our free Gym Days!  Gym Days provides a place for parents and toddlers to socialize and actively play. Dates: Thursdays Times: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Location: Willson Gym, 404 W. Main Street, Bozeman, MT

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  • Circle of Security® Parenting™ Class

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

    |Recurring Event (See all)

    An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 21, 2020

    Location: Thrive

    Thrive will be following CDC recommendations of not gathering together groups of 50 or more for the next 8 weeks. Thrive is canceling Gym Days, Dynamite Dads and the upcoming Thriving Institute. The Thriving Institute will go virtual with a specific institute for maintaining your sanity and accessing community resources. Schools are closed for the next two weeks so…

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  • Circle of Security® Parenting™ Class

    May 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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    An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, repeating until May 21, 2020

    Location: Thrive

    Thrive will be following CDC recommendations of not gathering together groups of 50 or more for the next 8 weeks. Thrive is canceling Gym Days, Dynamite Dads and the upcoming Thriving Institute. The Thriving Institute will go virtual with a specific institute for maintaining your sanity and accessing community resources. Schools are closed for the next two weeks so…

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From the CAP Blog

March Mentor in the Spotlight: Nancy Planalp

CAP Mentor at: Longfellow Elementary Nancy Planalp Mentor for: 4 years!   Miss Fancy Nancy has been mentoring the same student for 4 years at Longfellow Elementary. Each week Miss Nancy comes in with a smile and a craft, making her student feel so appreciated and cared for. Miss Nancy has an incredibly kind heart,…

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March Mentor in the Spotlight: Zach Brown

CAP Mentor at: Longfellow Elementary Zach Brown Mentor for: 3 years! Zach has been a CAP mentor for the same student for 3 years! Zach is up for just about anything when it comes to spending time with his mentee. He will even head outside on a cold playground to play toxic ball or take…

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