Trinity Monteiro

As a sophomore in high school in Massachusetts, Trinity Monteiro recognized the lack of support girls were receiving and approached a faculty member.  She committed herself then to doing anything necessary to build up support for girls.   She started the first ever I AM THAT GIRL chapter soon thereafter.  She’s motivated and sincere about her commitment to I AM THAT GIRL, having stayed in her role as a chapter leader for 2.5 years.  Not only did Trinity organize her own chapter, she has regularly reached out to other schools and organization to participate.  Trinity always leads by example. She is a role model to the girls she serves and empowers them to be vulnerable and lift one another up.

Describe a moment that could’ve broken you, but didn’t. How did you get past the struggle?
I went through a period of my life when there seemed to be a lot of responsibility on my shoulders and I felt like I had failed at it therefore resulting in very low self esteem and shut down for a bit. It took a lot of self reflection and honest conversations with myself to get to the root of the problems, but also a lot of motivation and conscious efforts to do better. In fact I purposely made a list of things that made me happiest and sought them out and that journey led me to IATG, one of the brightest parts of my story so far.

If you could go back in time and give yourself one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would tell myself that vulnerability is our greatest measurement of courage so do not be scared of it being a weakness. That has always been something I have struggled with and have gotten better at accepting, but I even got it tattooed on me as a reminder when I get back to my old ways.

Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Picking one biggest inspiration is hard, because my motivation and drive is really fueled by the incredible people I surround myself with who each inspire me in their own ways. Whether that be my mother for her strength, my father for his unconditional love and stepping up in situations he does not necessarily need to, my older sister for her fiery passion in everything she does, but also people like Alexis Jones, Alicia Keys, Yara Shahidi, and so many more. So overall I would say my biggest inspiration is my tribe, because they all provide guidance for me in several different areas of life.

If you could create a slogan for your life, what would it be?
If I could create a slogan for my life right now it would have to be “remember you are one of them too,” because I always want to help other people and think they deserve so much better, but I have to work on seeing myself through that light as well.

How do you define your purpose & mission in life?
I define my purpose in life as to give others a voice who may not always have one and my mission is to be the best version of myself in order to hopefully inspire others to do the same.