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Bob Burton

Bob Burton worked closely with James and with his mother, Tracy, when she was 14 years old.

He is the founder of VisionQuest.

Bob Burton grew up in Delaware, the youngest of nine children. He attended the University of Maryland, where he played football.

Later, working as a VISTA volunteer on the Crow Indian Reservation in Montana he became immersed in their culture.

From there he returned to Delaware as a caseworker at the Ferris School for Boys. He quickly moved up the ranks to become the Director of the First Offenders Unit of the Delaware Youth Services Commission and then became Asst. Warden at a juvenile jail in Las Vegas, Nevada.

A visionary, who was frustrated with traditional systems, he created and founded VisionQuest to provide an alternative approach to helping troubled youth. Since Burton started VisionQuest in 1973, the program has treated over 20,000 troubled kids in America.

Taking James into the program gave Bob his first opportunity to treat the child of a past VisionQuest kid, Tracy, and get to the heart of the intergenerational problems.