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 inspired Al to write Duncan Nugget® #21: Failure is only permanent if you quit. 

At the age of 24, he walked away from his music career and took on the tremendous responsibility of raising his youngest brother who was 12 years old at the time.

Today, as a tireless advocate for youth empowerment, Al is a high energy, high content, high impact speaker, lecturer, and motivational powerhouse. He serves on the Anti-Prejudice Consortium Board of Directors and he is also the former executive producer and host of his own television program.

Al’s expertise in the fields of soft skills, leadership, youth development & empowerment has been sought after by a long list of organizations and institutions including:

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Al Duncan
Publisher –
Master Soft Skills Trainer & Youth Advocate
President & CEO – Al Duncan Enterprises, LLC

Al Duncan is an award-winning youth advocate, publisher, and internationally recognized authority on soft skills who travels the world  Helping Young People Build A Competitive Advantage™.  

As a renowed motivational speaker and master soft skills trainer for students and young professionals, Al has delivered his signature Duncan Nuggets® live and in-person to over 1.5 million people around the world. His 5 Soft Skills Clusters framework is used by dozens of organizations and institutions, including the Soft Skills for STEM program sponsored by the National Nuclear Security Administration.

Al is the publisher of a resource center packed with free videos, articles, and activities on soft skills development. He has been awarded The National PTA Life Achievement Award and  the President’s Call to Service Award, for his outstanding service in the field of youth development and empowerment.

Formerly, as a corporate trainer he has delivered his programs as professional development courses at a number of colleges and universities including the University of Georgia Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development.  

Devastated, But Not Defeated

Al was born and raised in a dangerous, poverty stricken neighborhood in North Philadelphia and by today’s standards, would’ve 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. 
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  • The National Society of Leadership and Success (Sigma Alpha Pi)
  • Georgia Adult Education Association
  • Texas A&M University
  • University of Connecticut
  • Johnson and Wales University
  • Clark Atlanta University
  • Spelman College
  • Morehouse College 
  • Georgia Tech 
  • University of Georgia
  • U. S. Dept. Education
  • Army Reserve Child, Youth, and School Services
  • The National Guard
  • U.S. Department of Juvenile Justice
  • The Ontario Ministry of Children & Youth Services
  • First Nations In Quebec
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Dekalb County Family & Children Services
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)
  • 4-H