By Chantel McCormick Schieffer Development Director of Thrive

For the past 25 years in the Gallatin Valley and surrounding communities, Thrive
has empowered families, mentored students, and nurtured children for one common
goal: successful students and strong families. We believe that by working together,
we can create a thriving community that we’re all proud to call home.
Currently, we are working with Ophir School and the Yellowstone Club Community
Foundation to bring our programs to the Big Sky community.
Through the Child Advancement Project, community volunteers mentor children to
provide academic and social enrichment. Mentors work one-on-one with children to
increase academic and social competency and to enhance opportunities for academic
challenge. This program helps students establish meaningful goals, develop a belief
in their individual uniqueness, and grow to understand they can shape their own
futures.
Healthy families are the roots of a healthy community. The Partnership Project nurtures
young families and through our home visiting program, families receive parent education,
life skills, assistance accessing community resources and encouragement to grow.
Through the Parent Place resource centers in Bozeman and Belgrade, families can
participate in play groups, gym day, the Dynamite Dads and Thriving Tots program,
use the resource library, and sign-up for parenting consultations.
Our Girls for a Change program empowers teen girls to discover their inherent
strengths and make a positive impact on their world. In February, the Girls for a
Change conference will bring nearly 300 Montana girls to Bozeman; keynote speaker
MSU President Dr. Waded Cruzado will enlighten the crowd with her message that
with hard work, anything is possible.
The Parent Liaison program encourages a strong link between home and school. Parent
Liaisons help parents and teachers work in partnership with schools to nurture
opportunities for a child’s success. Liaisons also assist parents in developing effective
parenting strategies based on their child’s stage of development.
Visit the Thrive office at 400 East Babcock, or call (406) 587 -3840. allthrive.org