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

Restoration Project Foundation is an innovative mentor program that exists to improve the lives of young people with academic support and leadership development through strategic partnerships across South Carolina

Our Mission

RPF collaborates with local organizations to resource dedicated mentors with tools to connect with students and positively impact their lives. RPF works with online schools, established mentor programs, and families to impact students at their current level of achievement while cultivating the skills needed for future success in High School and beyond



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.


Lindsey Cannon

Mentor Program State Director, Midlands Coordinator
Lindsey Cannon is the Mentor Program Director of Restoration Project Foundation. Lindsey has over fifteen years of educational experience, serving as a middle and high school English teacher. Over her career, Lindsey has taught in traditional brick and mortar schools and two different online charter schools. She obtained her Bachelors in English Education from Newberry College in 2004, her National Board Certification in 2008, and has experience working in an Expeditionary Learning School. In addition to her educational experience, Lindsey has three years of non-profit experience, working as a Children’s Ministry Director. Since joining RPF in 2022, Lindsey has been involved in adding form and clarity to the organization’s long-standing mission. Lindsey Cannon lives in South Carolina with her husband and three sons and is passionate about RPF’s mission to help young people meet their full potential.

Brooke Phillips

Brooke Phillips is the Upstate Regional Coordinator for Restoration Project Foundation. Brooke has over 15 years of educational experience. Throughout her career, Brooke has had the opportunity to work in various forms of school. She has had the privilege to work in Private School, Brick and Mortar Public School, Charter School, and Homeschool. She obtained her Bachelor’s and Master's Degree in Education at Converse College in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Since joining RPF in 2022 Brooke has built relationships with mentoring sites in the Upstate and helped to solidify a sustainable and reproducible model. Brooke has been able to see first-hand the benefit when a quality mentor invests in a young person’s life and in their community. Brooke lives in the Upstate with her Husband and three children. She is excited to continue to share this innovative program with her home state of South Carolina!

Board Members


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.


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.


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.

Imagine a thriving Mentor Site in each of the 46 counties in South Carolina. How many lives could we change? Join us in this mission!