Duncan Campbell is living proof of how to break the generational cycle of poverty. He has dedicated his life to being a “friend” and is growing and army of “friends” to redefine how positive, sustained relationships can transform at risk, vulnerable youth in our communities. He is a remarkable human being and role model to all he touches. His idea life changing.
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Duncan’s passion for helping society’s most vulnerable children grew from his own experience in inner city Portland. Duncan founded Friends of the Children, an organization that seeks to break intergenerational cycles of poverty through transformative mentorship. The nonprofit started with 16 children in 1993 and now serves thousands around the country. Duncan is a true champion for children. He holds a B.S. and J.D. from the University of Oregon and enjoys Smokey Robinson concerts, hiking in the wilderness, and spending time with his three children and six grandchildren. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx