What We Do
Using cultural tenants as our foundation, Culture Restoration Project, Inc. utilizes a community and classroom based approach to cultivate the minds of our future leaders. Our mission is to provide culturally competent educational programs and services that build self-resilient youth leaders and communities. We offer cultural-based supplemental educational programming to inspire our future leaders to excel in school and beyond. In order to fulfill this mission, we support and develop a variety of educational and arts-based initiatives. We are dedicated to using unique, interactive activities to promote arts and culture while encouraging the development of healthy social skills and educational initiative. Our current programs focus on the following:
Culture Restoration Project, Inc is a 501(c)3 organization born from the idea that the intentional use of culture can advance the educational capacity and overall critical thinking ability of young learners. We began our journey by curating events and expanding initiatives with a focus on history, art and diversity. We soon learned that our most productive and effective efforts were those that followed a specific educational curriculum inclusive of cultural components that are unique and interesting to young students.
In the United States, 85% of youth involved with the juvenile court system are functionally illiterate* and in the State of Delaware less than 4 out of 10 students are proficient in math**. Statistics such as these are what inspired us to develop programming that will promote literacy and improved math skills. We use cultural and critical thinking tools such as the art of hip-hop and the game of chess to assist in the development of the math and reading/writing skills necessary for youth to excel into the future.
*Blankenship, John. "Functional illiteracy continues to grow, but there is help." The Register-Herald. Accessed April 16, 2014.
**Source: Delaware Department of Education. (2015). 2015 Smarter Balanced Assessment Results.