Clayton Delp


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As a lover of education, nature, and the arts, Clayton is thrilled to join the Project Success team! Clayton grew up in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina and studied music composition and English at Duke University, where a summer spent as a literacy tutor in a CDF Freedom School ignited a passion for youth work. Clayton spent another summer teaching guitar at a camp despite being temporarily unable to play due to breaking his arm in a mountain biking accident, a challenge which inspired an interest in innovative and non-traditional forms of instruction. Upon graduating in 2020, he moved to Minneapolis and supported EL students at Andersen United Middle School through City of Lakes AmeriCorps before joining the PS team in 2022. Clayton also works on a variety of arts and media productions–as a songwriter on the original movie-musical 1660 Vine, as a writer, composer, and sound designer on film collaborations with his sister Christine, and as a session guitarist. You can find him inventing delicious new sandwiches to pack for a weekend hiking trip, jamming with his friends in a covert effort to push bluegrass music on them, or advocating for a spontaneous trip to get ice cream. Clayton loves working with youth because of their authenticity, playfulness, and sense of justice, so he is excited to start building lasting relationships with PS!

Favorite musicians:
Punch Brothers, Jacob Collier, Vulfpeck, Sylvan Esso

If you had to pick a theme song that would play every time you entered the room, what would it be?
Love on Top by Beyonce, but it doesn’t stop and the key keeps changing up and up forever


Favorite books:
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens


Favorite movies:
Fargo, Almost Famous, Night of the Hunter


Favorite food:
Pulled pork BBQ


Favorite quote:
“Would you tell Picasso to sell one of his guitars?” – Jack Black


Favorite subjects in school:
English, History, Choir


Favorite theater experience:
Playing bass in a college production of In the Heights


Your ultimate vacation destination:
The Alps


If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
Knowing exactly how long to microwave something


The most influential person in your life/favorite teacher or mentor:
My 3rd grade teacher Mrs. MacKay, who intentionally brought the world into our classroom


What you wanted to be when you grew up:
A rockstar