These were outstanding achievements for a young man whose childhood was plagued by abuse and neglect. At 14, he was kicked out of his extended family home and spent the next 3 years living on his own. His tenacity and drive brought him much "success". He earned a BA in Media from the University of the West Indies in 2010; received Jamaica’s Prime Minister’s Youth Award for Excellence for his work as a youth advocate in 2013, and the Rotaract Club of Mandeville’s Peace Award for “outstanding leadership” in 2014.
These achievements came against the backdrop of his decade–long struggle with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), several ‘strange’ illnesses, anger and depression. For the last 8 years, he has tried to understand the root causes of these problems. This search led to his journeys to Grenada, Barbados, Dominica, Rwanda; into the Blue Mountains in Jamaica where he meditated for 2 years; Japan where he read and discovered the connection between childhood adversity and chronic diseases; and most recently, England, where after receiving a Chevening Scholarship to study at the University of Bradford, he wrote his MA thesis on adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and storytelling.
An award–winning poet and author, Juleus’ poems and stories have appeared in notable journals across 13 countries. His first picture book, Tata and the Big Bad Bull—a story about overcoming fear with compassion—was published by CaribbeanReads in May 2018.
Juleus has ascended from poverty and depression with a powerful message of resilience and hope. His work focuses primarily on trauma recovery, the performance of wellness, storyhealing, literacy and creative visualisation. He has delivered speeches on his signature idea, D.R.E.A.M.R.I.G.H.T, to over 10,000 people at 40 organisations across 6 countries. He has been featured on some of Jamaica’s most prominent media programmes including Jamaica Morning, Smile Jamaica, Palav and CVM at Sunrise. He has also appeared on radio and TV programmes in Grenada, Dominica, St Kitts, Japan and England. His energetic and practical presentations inspire audiences to challenge conventions, speak their truth and pursue their goals.