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
and get to the heart of the intergenerational