Al Duncan is the world's leading motivational speaker for at-risk youth and troubled young people. An internationally recognized authority on youth development and empowerment, Al has delivered Duncan Nuggets, live and in-person, to over one million young people around the world.
Frequently called upon by the media to share his expertise, Al is the author of My Success Journal For Young People (3rd Edition), Get ALL Fired Up! (Revised Edition), and Big Money Student(April 2011). He has been awarded the President's Call to Service Award and The National PTA Life Achievement Award, for his outstanding service in the field of youth development and empowerment.
Al was born and raised in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in North Philadelphia and by today's standards, would have been labeled an at-risk student. When he was 5 years old he was molested by a male friend of the family.
Emotionally traumatized, it took him years to remember what happened. At the age of 15, Al's world was torn to shreds again when he found out that his father, his childhood hero, was addicted to crack cocaine.
Devastated, but not defeated, Al refused to allow his personal problems stop him. He went on to enjoy careers as a professional saxophone player and a professional chef. His father's struggle and incredible recovery taught Al that failure is only permanent if you quit.
At the age of 24, he walked away from his musical career and took on the tremendous responsibility of raising his youngest brother who was 12 years old at the time.
Today, as a Cross-Generational Communication Specialist and a leading youth empowerment advocate, Al is a high energy, high content, high impact speaker, lecturer, and motivational powerhouse. Al serves on the American InterContinental University School of Business Advisory Board, the Fulton County Workforce Investment Board of Directors, the Fulton County Youth Council, and is also the steering committee chairman and Life Skills Coach for the Butler Street YMCA's Multicultural Achievers Program. He is also the former executive producer and host of The State of the Mind Address, a self-development television program.
11th Leadership Experience Summit' Tarrant County College-Trinity River Campus
Al Duncan was high content and exteremly impactful. Students loved Al Duncan becauase he was exteremly practical and personable. For instance, Al's keynote address provided our student-body with practical steps to imporve their personal effectiveness and leadersship qualities. His "Duncan Nuggets" proved to be a instant hit as one student wrote, "I loved Al, he had very common sense ideas that people simply overlook. His "Duncan Nuggests are everyday phrases you can take with you for a long time, and he will conversate with you after the event." Simply said, Al Duncan has style and sustance. Lionel L. Bailey Student Development Asso. Center for Leadership DevelopmentLionel Bailey · Tarrant County College
2010 -- The Virgin Islands Department of Education
The Virgin Islands Department of Education promoted an initiative to address the needs of our at risk teens throughout our schools and community. We called upon the expert Mr. Al Duncan, to assist in this endeavor. Mr. Duncanâs presentations included a series of workshops which addressed our Youth Empowerment Council in developing a zero tolerance for Gang, Drugs and Violence. Additionally, Mr. Duncan spearheaded and conducted our First Annual Male Empowerment Conference in the V.I.! His astonishing approach in connecting with teens is simply amazing to watch! Mr. Al Duncanâs insightful delivery and ability to identify and address to the needs of our teens kept participants at the edge of their seats! Each attendee certainly left with life changing thoughts and skills which will undoubtedly empower them in creating life changing experiences! The Virgin islands Department of Education salutes Mr. Al Duncan and extends their deepest heartfelt gratitude for stepping up to the challenge and addressing the needs of our future leaders! Cira E. Burke, Director of Interventions for the St. Thomas/St. John School DistrictCira E. Burke · V.I. Department of Education
2010 -- U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Education
The Virgin Islands Department of Education promoted an initiative to address the needs of our at risk teens throughout our schools and community. We called upon the expert Mr. Al Duncan, to assist in this endeavor. Mr. Duncanâs presentations included a series of workshops which addressed our Youth Empowerment Council in developing a zero tolerance for Gang, Drugs and Violence. Additionally, Mr. Duncan spearheaded and conducted our First Annual Male Empowerment Conference in the V.I.! His astonishing approach in connecting with teens is simply amazing to watch! Mr. Al Duncanâs insightful delivery and ability to identify and address to the needs of our teens kept participants at the edge of their seats! Each attendee certainly left with life changing thoughts and skills which will undoubtedly empower them in creating life changing experiences! The Virgin islands Department of Education salutes Mr. Al Duncan and extends their deepest heartfelt gratitude for stepping up to the challenge and addressing the needs of our future leaders!Cira E. Burke · V.I. Department of Education
Mentoring program for at-risk adolescents
Al Duncan is an amazing speaker with the innate ability to connect with the souls and hearts of others.kparker
August, 2010 - St. Johns University, New York
Hearing Al Duncan speak about his time growing up in North Philadelphia and the circumstances he had to overcome was very inspiring. He had the large student group at St. Johns University out of their seats and in-tune with his message. Mr. Duncan's passion for positively affecting students is transparent. He has an uncanny ability of captivating the audience through his mastery of analogy. Duncan delivers a must-hear message for all students, especially the at-risk youth!David S. Brown · Diversity Leadership Program
Power Over Prejudice Summit/Antiprejudice Consortium
Al Duncan was selected to be the closing speaker for the annual Power Over Prejudice Summit, held each year at Georgia Tech. This event trains nearly 700 middle schools students from some 70 schools each year, in how to deal with bullying, stereotyping and how to embrace differences in all individuals. His goal is to charge the students with insuring that they practice what they have learned and to carry those messages back to the rest of the student bodies. The students respond with excitment and true understanding, so much that is is difficult to get them to leave to return to their schools. Al is truly an inspriation and motivator and has contributed greatly to our organization. Thank you!J. Harry Shannon · Power Over Prejudice Summit
NYATEP YOUTH CONF
Al Duncan has that unique ability to simultaneously connect with youth and adults. An immediate kinship was formed with our youth that attended the Youth Conference. For most of our youth it was their first time ever addressing a group of people not their peers and we have no doubt that the confidence to do so came in large measure to their connection with Al Duncan. If you have youth or youth workers that you'd like to hear a motivational speaker give Al a call!Roger Williams · FREEDOM Academy
Every year since 2004 for the Multicultural Achievers Program
Al Duncan is an awesome speaker. He has been the Life Skills Coach for the Multicultural Achievers program for 6 years. He has been coaching and developing youth to reach their fullest potential. Youth admire him and look forward to hearing him spread his wisdom. He is highly professional and has an outstanding positive attitude.Kathleen Johnson · Butler Street YMCA
July 24, 2010 - Atlanta, GA for Sister 2 Sister Event
Mr. Duncan was exceptional in his customer service, accomodation and presentation. He responded quickly to my initial request; he was accomodating with respect to my audience and unconventional times, and his presentation was inspiring despite our being a very "tough crowd." You should book him if you can, as soon as you can! Yolanda Johnson Atlanta Board of Education Member District 6yolandajohnson · self
Freshman and Sophomore years at Claflin University
Mr. Duncan, you are the greatest. Out of all the speakers I heard during my college experience, he moved me the most. Not only does he bring charisma in his speeches, but he gets his audience involved. He also writes great books, after reading "Get ALL Fired Up!â I found that you are exceptional. It was a pleasure to be in the audience to hear you. I know other students feel the same way. ThanksDevon
Monster DLP (2009 & 2010) & GSU (2010)
Al Duncan is a wonderful person who brings motivation to every person he comes in contact with. I first heard him speak at the Monster Diversity Leadership Conference in California where he inspired us (students) to be greater than our beliefs. He is truly passionate about the topics that he speaks on, and motivates students to strive for their dreams and believe in them daily.DreamBig · GSU Student
Wayne County High School - Back to School Program
I am happy to confirm that Mr. Al Duncan was everything he said he would be--energizing, entertaining, motivational, and a fabulous role model for our students. As director of the local chapter of SADD at Wayne County High School, I highly recommend him as a great speaker to students of all grade levels. Mr. Duncan tailored his presentation to the needs of our school and was an absolute joy to work with. Many students at WCHS are still talking about his presentation and asking that return again next year. Students also commented that he was the best speaker they had ever heard at our school. I highly recommend Mr. Duncan to any school system that wants to make a difference in the lives of their students.Laura J. Wilde, Director · Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD)
He's been our keynote speaker at several YLEAD Conferences
Mr. Duncan, thank you for being the keynote speaker at the Army Reserve Southeast Regional Youth Leadership Education and Development Summit and Army Reserve Teen Panel Meeting. You captured our teen's attentionâ¦ and had them taking notes, which is no small feat considering all of the distractions today's youth have. Your enthusiasm and engaging manner set the tone for our meeting and positively impacted the lives of those youth in attendance. Thanks again for your inspiring message.Misty Rivon · Army Reserve Child, Youth, and Student Services
Keynote Speaker for our 2008 Holiday Gala
Thank you for being the keynote speaker at the DeKalb County Department of Family and Children Services Holiday Gala. Your engaging manner and message of inspiration went far and said much. Our employees are still reminding themselves that no matter what has happened or what will happen they will always be a valuable contribution to DFCS. You truly exceeded our expectations and your words of inspiration and hope will always be remembered.Walker E. Solomon II, Regional Director · DeKalb County Department of Family and Children Services
Keynote Speaker for our conference
Thank you for bringing a new sense of life to our group. With all the challenges facing our industry, your message of inspiration has given greater definition to the roles we are responsible for each and every day.Kerri Hock, Executive Director · Missouri Assisted Living Association
2009 South Carolina State University
The students of SC State really enjoyed the encouraging words of wisdom. You opened not only my eyes, but the minds of others eager for success. You really got to the bottom of the secrets of some of the greatest entrepreneurs and taught us some valuable lessons. We are going to take them and use them or success. Thanks Al Duncan for your inspiration.Ariel Singleton, Campus Activity Board · South Carolina State University
We use him every year since 2007
"Al literally set our group on fire. Students did not want to leave even when the fire alarm went off!"Monica Greene, Director Freshman College · Claflin University
Annual Youth Day Conference
Mr. Duncan, thank you so much for coming to speak to us at Youth Day! Not only were our young people inspired, but so were the staff members in attendance. You spoke to the youth on their level and it meant a lot to them. They were impressed by your caring and fun-loving attitude towards them. I appreciate your words of encouragement and kindness. You are the best and most well received motivational speaker weâve ever had. The youth expressed how much they enjoyed hearing you speak (and sing!) Again, thank you!"Shaunda Guidroz, Youth Prgrm Coordinator · Vernon Career Solutions, Inc.
Graduation Awards Banquet
Al, I want to take this time to thank you for a wonderful presentation, a wonderful evening and most of all for inspiring us. What a prefect fit! The students were elated as well as the faculty and staff of IMU. I want to also say that your inspiring message not only achieved our expectation but reached into our personal lives and with much gratitude I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I look forward to working with you and again, thanks.Robin B. Chamberlain, Executive Director · Institute of Medical Ultrasound (IMU)
St. John's University Lecture
Mr. Duncan, It was a pleasure hearing your lecture last week at St. John's University. In addition to the energy and motivation you carried throughout your lecture, I thought the content, delivery, and the ability to engage the audience was more impressive.Vito Spano, CLTC, Partner · New York Life Insurance Company
Freshman Lecture Series
With the motivational speaker arena saturated, it is rare and refreshing to find an individual who has the true gift and ability to captivate and engage their audience. Al Duncan is one of those rare finds... As a practitioner within the sector of higher education, I'm often challenged with promoting the 'soft' skills that are vital to peopleâs success in a fun and exciting manner. Thank you Al 'The Inspiration' Duncan for brilliantly helping me to achieve this goal!Wendy Wilson · Albany State University
1st Generation Youth Leadership Summit
I just wanted to take the time to say 'THANK YOU' for coming to Grayslake, Illinois and being the keynote speaker for the 1st Generation Youth Leadership Summit at the College of Lake County. You definitely exceeded our expectations with your powerful, insightful and motivational story. The youth who were in attendance really enjoyed your speech. You are truly a hidden gem, but there comes a time when ALL gems have to shine! There are many people who claim to be motivational speakers but only few can hold the title and claim full ownership. Mr. Duncan, your participation was truly a connection that was meant to happen. We are all still flying high on your plane of inspirational guidance. Please continue to pour into this generation as I am sure you will definitely make a great impact around the globe. I wish you the best and I hope that we will be able to connect in the near future as we continue to provide services for our target audience, which is low-income, first generation pre-college students. Blessings to you!Michelle Vaughn, Associate Dean · College of Lake County
Texas State Meeting
Al, what a pleasure it was to meet you and have you speak at the Texas State FCCLA meeting. Your message was just what the students needed to hear and your method of delivery was excellent. Having the students engaged in the presentation and giving such positive reinforcement to them was wonderful. The support you gave one of our member's friend was commendable. I know that the family will appreciate that act of kindness that you did. I also appreciate you coming early to get to know your audience. The students appreciated your willingness to be so visible so that they felt like they knew you before you spoke. The comments we received on the evaluation sheets were excellent. Sincerely, SharonSharon Reddell Pierce · Family, Career, and Community Leaders
Every year since 2008 for the National Guard
You are an exceptional speaker with the ability to really connect with our young people in special way. You did an outstanding job of reinforcing and driving home the principles we want to instill in our cadets. Our cadets have found your book, My Success Journal for Young People, to be inspiring and insightful. Itâs a great resource for helping them to create a plan for accomplishing their goals. The tools that you shared with them, as well your professionalism and character, are something that all of our cadets around the country could benefit from. I look forward to having you back again.Chief Louis Joseph - CW5 · National Guard
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