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Julius Boatwright

Julius serves as the Founder and Chief Executive Officer with Steel Smiling. They bridge the gap between black people and mental health support through education, advocacy, and awareness. They’re going to expose every black adult in the country to a mental health experience that improves their quality of life by 2050. Since 2015, they’ve coordinated over 1,000 hours of mental health trainings and therapy for black community members in Western Pennsylvania.


Julius is pursuing the board requirements to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in PA. He’s a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the National Council for Behavioral Health. He completed a Trauma-Informed Community Practice Workshop with Duquesne University through their Department of Psychology and Rita McGinley Clinic. Mr. Boatwright obtained his Master of Social Work degree with a Certificate in Human Services Management from the University of Pittsburgh. Julius also earned an undergraduate degree in Communication from Pitt. He’s consulted with and trained the PA Department of Labor & Industry, Community Care Behavioral Health, and the Department of Human Services. 


Julius has received awards from the NAACP, Black Enterprise, and BMe. His work has been featured on media outlets like the Huffington Post, NPR, and TEDxPittsburgh. He recently wrote an article about mental health in the black community that the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette published. After being shared by multi-platinum recording artist Michelle Williams (formerly of Destiny’s Child) and nationally syndicated radio show host Charlamagne Tha God, it went viral surpassing 20,000 impressions online in less than 3 days. Charlamagne also quoted him during a televised interview with NBA champion, all-star, and finals MVP Andre Iguodala. The quote affirms, “Saying no is a radical act of self-care that can positively impact our mental health.”


Above all, Julius wants you to know that you’re unconditionally loved, valued, and appreciated.