Former Olympic hopeful, record setting hurdler launches “Success Is in You” tour, bringing message of hope to youth of America. Julius Mercer is an African American in recovery from serious mental illness, substance abuse, and incarceration. He is currently serving as the " Lived Experience" Leader on a community-based participatory research project funded through POCRI Engagement Award at the Illinois Institute if Technology. His team conducted a pilot research to explore interactions between primary care physician and overweight African Americans living with serious mental illness and is currently working on a post - incarceration project.
Through this experience, Mr. Mercer is also a former Olympic- level athlete, writer, and motivational speaker.
Keynote speaker and author Julius Mercer shares his story of, full of trials and tribulations. Recalling his hurdles in life and how to persevere. How he became inspired to learned to inspire others.
Let Julius motivate you to:
"REMOVE THE STIGMA".
Julius Mercer is an educational Storytelling leader with a strong and profound message. Julius talks about the stigma relating to low self esteem, being bullied and depression, in a way that is deeply personal. Sharing these stories and being transparent in doing so, allows his audience to be comfortable enough to totally relate.
His novels "A Fire In You" and his most recent, "A New Fire " are testaments to never giving up.