About Us

Through our unique approach, we partner with local organizations to connect dedicated mentors with students throughout the school day and beyond to improve their life skills and educational outcomes through full-time mentoring. Mentors engage with teachers, parents, and caregivers to ensure that students maintain sufficient educational progress, while additional programming focuses on physical development, athletics, apprenticeship, trade skills, study opportunities, and other skill development aimed at motivating students to succeed. By providing critical resources and financial assistance to proven mentor partners, we make it possible for these organizations to focus on what is most important - the kids.

Our Vision

Our Vision

Personal connections are vital – especially for children struggling in education. When a child’s family life is difficult, the influence of a mentor can help boost school performance. The Restoration Project Foundation matches under-served children with proven mentor programs to strengthen their confidence and improve their academic achievement.

Our Mission

Our Mission

Our mission is to renew hope through education, restore confidence through providing resources and redeem the future through mentor relationships that can help all children and youth in our communities thrive!


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Craig Wooten

Chief Executive Officer

Craig Wooten is the CEO of Restoration Project Foundation. Since co-founding the organization in 2015, Craig has been deeply involved in its growth and success over the last seven years. As the son of educators, Craig knows that education and mentorship go hand-in-hand and often times a strong mentor can make all the difference in a student’s academic success. When Craig is not spending his time working with RPF’s mentor partner sites and expanding RPF’s programming, he plays an active role in South Carolina’s small business community. Craig is an invited member of the White House Business Forward Initiative and past member of the US Department of Commerce District Export Council for the State of South Carolina. Craig holds dual degrees from Clemson University in Business Management and Accounting with an emphasis on International Studies, and is currently pursuing a Masters in International Politics and Military Affairs at The Citadel. Craig lives in South Carolina with his wife and four children.

Board Members

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Amy Gray

Board Chair

Amy graduated from Wofford College and Southeastern Seminary. She is currently on staff at First Baptist North Spartanburg where she serves in Student Ministry. She spends time with students helping them develop their God-given potential. She also loves spending time with her nieces and nephew and traveling with her family.

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Jonathan Dickson

Board Member

Jonathan Dickson is a native of Anderson, SC. He attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC and majored in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. After graduation Jonathan opted for the entertainment world over the medical field. Over the years he has worked for local television stations and appeared in multiple movies, commercials, and sitcoms. He currently works and resides in Charleston, SC.

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Joel Bowers

Board Member

Joel is an entrepreneur and business leader based in Columbia, South Carolina. He has acquired or spun up businesses in retail, ecommerce, digital real estate, commercial real estate and agribusiness.

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