Trini is a 6th grader in NYC, her class representative (aka president!), a volunteer, athlete, and the co-founder of Trini + Tiff, a lifestyle brand. Trini is also in her 6th year with Girl Scouts®, an experience that has taken her everywhere from speaking in front of the National Board of Directors to meeting First Lady Michelle Obama. Trini proves that strength and confidence can be found at a young age, and she and her mom, Tiffany, shared how they’ve gotten here. Get to know these amazing #AerieREAL women!
We’re so inspired by you and how much you’ve accomplished at such a young age! How have you built your confidence to get where you are today?
Trini: I have built my confidence over the years by being with the Girl Scouts. When I was a Brownie® I was chosen to speak in front of a crowd. As my little legs walked through the big glass door, I saw the podium, seeing the mic in front of me, I felt my palms sweating, what happened if I forgot my lines? As they called my name up to get ready for my speech, I remembered these words carefully: “you got these baby cakes once you start you just keep going.” I walked up the stairs, and saw a huge crowd in front of me. I started to feel kinda nervous until I saw my momma bear sitting in the crowd. As I looked up to the crowd I started to read and as I continued and turned the page I read my last sentence and then it was done. I finished. As I heard the audience clap all my nerves started to come back. After this event it made me love public speaking and being heard. I love speaking my mind and expressing myself.
How do you set an example for others & help encourage them to succeed?
Trini: I like to believe I can be the best I can be. I love volleyball and I put my heart and soul into something. I am determined and play with passion. I remember when in January over Martin Luther King weekend, it was a three day tournament and on the first two days we did pretty good we won all of our games. The total games we won was seven games. As the last day came the teams got harder to beat. My team and I always push when we’re in games. I love to see my friends dive for the ball and make a kill. Even when I’m on the court I try to stay positive. I try to uplift my team as much as I can so, if that means I’m gonna have to scream at the top of my lungs on the sidelines to uplift my team and lose my voice then so be it.
How has being a Girl Scout changed your life?
Trini: These are the most important lessons in my life that have made me a better Girl Scout but also a better friend. I love talking about my experiences with people who I haven’t met before and want to say: Remember all the struggles you’ve faced, all the times you have cried and or have fallen. We should always remember that we all have struggles and we can learn from them. And become a better friend and/or Girl Scout.
Tell us about Trini’s journey to where she is today! Has she always been self-motivated?
Tiffany: Trinity’s (Trini) journey to where she is today probably started in the playground. As a child, Trini would beg to go to the park, any kind of park, anywhere we went. No matter the weather, we would spend hours upon hours there. I affectionately call her “The Park Ambassador”. Trini had and has so much energy, (that I wish I could bottle up and sell)…lol…that was just too big for our city apartment that she had to have somewhere to release it and the park became our haven. Unbeknownst to me, our “playground follies” were teaching my daughter Trini some very important life skills. Emotional, social, creative and critical thinking skills that she uses so effortlessly. Playing in the park allowed her to engage with nature and have fun with others in her community, stay active, build friendships, teach tolerance, learn how to play independently and in a group, develop fine motor skills, build friendships, and raise her self esteem and confidence to try new things. It also allowed for the two of us to build upon our relationship, assisting her with navigating the monkey bars, kissing a booboo, being at the bottom of the slide to catch her showed her that I was someone she could trust and depend on.
I also learned that one of Trini’s dominant learning styles was kinesthetic: someone who learns through physical movement. Boy was that on point! She plays three sports: volleyball, basketball and runs track. She’s very competitive and self motivated. She pushes herself to do better and be better. I respect her for that.
What do you do to help motivate her to succeed?
Tiffany: I set high expectations for Trini. I want her to know and believe that any goal that she sets for herself, no matter how high it seems, is attainable with hard work and passion. I also believe in leading by example. Your kids watch everything you do! And hardly listen to what you say! I want my daughter to pursue higher education so I went back to get my degree to show her that anything is possible. I like to think that I exhibit good character, morals and values for Trini to follow but honestly she exhibits those things for me to follow. I do believe that she’ll do great things because she has a big heart.
What are you most proud of as Trini’s mom?
Tiffany: What I am most proud of, is having the opportunity to guide Trinity through these transitions in her young life and prayerfully watch her become a wonderful human being as an adult. Trini loves to help people and is always one to speak up for those who may not have found their voice yet. I do believe her involvement with Girl Scouts has helped her in that area.
She has been allotted a few opportunities to flex her speaking chops. She addressed the Girl Scout Board of Directors at their end of the year meeting and at their Women of Distinction breakfast. Her troop #3280 was invited to attend First Lady Michelle Obama’s Global Girls Empowerment initiative to support Girls Education; Trini was featured on First Lady Michelle Obama’s Twitter account, she performed at America’s Promise Alliance at their Recommit To Kids Summit and she was featured as a model for the Girl Scouts catalogue.
Trinity’s been a part of her Girl Scout #3280 for 6 years. She started as a Daisy and now she’s a Cadette and she’s working on her Silver Award with her good friend Izzy. The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn in Girl Scouts. They have to commit to 50 hours for their project: first identifying an issue, creating a plan to address the issue, and then making it happen!
Trini and Izzy are looking to help fellow teens who are currently in NYC hospitals by having items donated and helping them brighten up their rooms and day by visiting them, bringing useful items, bringing items to decorate their rooms, so that they can continue to feel connected to other teens during their extended hospital stay.
They’ll take videos and photos of their journey, ask for donations, fundraise for their items and create a guide for other teens to help other communities (seniors, etc) within their communities!
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