The mission of Thrive is to encourage healthy family and child development through community awareness, parent education and support to children and families ensuring positive outcomes for children. This is done through multiple programs:
Child Advancement Program (CAP):
The Child Advancement Project (CAP) matches nurturing community mentors who provide support and encouragement to children in Bozeman schools grades K-12 during the school day. Established in 1989, CAP is one of the first school-based mentoring programs, and matches over 500 students and volunteers each year. These mentors work one-on-one with children to increase academic and social competency. They help students establish meaningful goals and develop a belief in their individual uniqueness and their ability to shape their own futures. The mentor’s efforts work to complement those of the student’s teacher and family.
Mentors are able to choose the age of their student (K-12), and the day and time of the week they will visit. After mentors are screened, trained and supervised by CAP coordinators, they meet at their student’s school 1 hour a week for the entire school year.
Thrive is proud to announce that the CAP program has been named to the National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and Practices. In 2009 Thrive received a Service to Science grant and used the money to assess the impact of CAP. An article detailing the research was submitted to the School Community Journal and will be published sometime this fall.
Girls for a Change:
The mission is to bring girls, women, and other community members together to empower girls to embrace their future. Supported by parents, friends, and mentors, girls are able to gain confidence about their individuality and secure in their ability to lead and achieve self-sufficiency, fulfillment and success.
Founded in Bozeman in January 1997 by sixteen girls and their female mentors, Girls for a Change has been devoted to encouraging the healthy development of girls. The group has sponsored a number of activities including team building activities, journaling workshops, community-based mother-daughter groups, challenge courses, communication skills seminars and an annual local conference.
Beginning in 2005, 124 high school girls, ages 13-18, attended the “Opening Doors” one-day event held at Montana State University. The conference was planned “for girls, by girls” and centered on assets, opportunities and resources. During the conference, participants learned strategies to communicate effectively and cope with stress and anxiety. Girls also discovered how to enrich their lives through civic engagement and examined educational and career opportunities. Interacting with local, professional and inspirational business women, participants explored stereotypes of women in the media, discussed world issues facing today’s women and increased self-awareness and confidence through creative writing, yoga, and improvisation.
Since 2005, Girls and adult community members have worked together to create and host an annual conference at Montana State University. Both middle school and high school girls plan and participate in the conferences.
Recently, they have:
- Successfully hosted their 8th Annual Girls for a Change 100% Possible Conference for 185 girls from 34 Montana communities!
- Participated in the Aspire Conference hosted by the Women’s Foundation of Montana.
- Hosted a group of Brazilian exchange students to participate in dialogue about what is 100% positive in our lives.
- Celebrated real beauty during “Love Your Body Day”.
- Participated in Clean Up Bozeman Day by cleaning up the area around Bozeman High School
- Celebrated sustainability by hosting a “Water Challenge” booth at the Clean Up Bozeman Day Sustainability Fair.
- Improved a trail bed with Gallatin Valley Land Trust.
Parent Liaison Program:
Liaisons help parents: Work in partnership with schools to enhance opportunities for their child’s success, access community resources, and assist parents in developing effective parenting strategies based on their child’s stage of development.
Liaisons, who work within Bozeman schools, assist teachers in engaging parent support and help teachers to handle families issues which relate to the child’s school performance. Liaisons facilitate effective communication between school and parent while assisting parents in increasing their ability to advocate with schools on their children’s behalf.
Visit the website for tips on:
- Babysitting & childcare
- Blended Families
- Family Time
- Potty Training & Bedtime
- School & Learning
The Parent Place:
The Parent Place is a local family resource center providing education, support, and resources for all parents. Some of the programs offered at the Parent Place include: Play groups, gym day, single parent group, Dads nights, ages and stages, Parenting With Love and Logic courses, and one-on-one parenting consultations.
Playgroups are designed to help parents of children age birth-three expand their support networks. This group brings families together and gets them out of the house and helps them feel connected. Playgroup meets every Monday and is one of the most popular groups.
Gym Day is for parents and toddlers to have a place to go and socialize and be able to actively play on Winter days. The Parent Place provides toys and the school districts in Bozeman and Belgrade provide a gym to use for one hour in each community. The average number of parents and children for a gym day in a week is 96 people.
Dad’s Days are for all Dads, Uncles, Grandfathers, and male role-models and the children they adore. Encouraging healthy relationships through fun-filled activities is the focus of this program.
Love and Logic Parenting classes are a signature program of Thrive, and all classes take place from 6-8pm. Childcare is provided at a minimal cost for most classes. Pre registration is required, and the cost is $100 per individual and $175 per couple.
One-on-One parenting consultations are also made with families to help them become the best parents they can be and connect them to helpful resources within the community.
The Partner Project helps young parents with children age birth to 5 get off to a good start. Thrive, Gallatin City-County Health Department, and the Young Parent Program work together to provide home visits, parenting classes and groups, child care, health care, education and support accessing other community services.
Support workers connect families to appropriate community resources, and help parents feel confidence and support in their parenting efforts. These partnerships help parents communicate their frustrations and ask help with parenting concerns. Support workers help parents set goals and work with them to provide the necessary resources to achieve their goals.
For more information about Thrive, visit the website at: http://www.allthrive.org.