Trinity Washington, 12, of North Las Vegas, Nevada, a sixth-grader at Doral Academy, volunteered to help coach three teams of cheerleaders at a local community center, and distributed food, clothing, hygiene items and pandemic-supply kits to people experiencing homelessness on a monthly basis. Trinity loves cheerleading, but instead of participating in her cheer teams last winter, she felt her time was better spent sharing her skills and passion with other girls. So she volunteered to be a junior coach. At the beginning of the season, she helped the head coach plan the year’s schedule, design choreography and conduct tryouts. Once team members were selected, Trinity taught them new cheer and dance routines and assisted with practice sessions. “I enjoy teaching others,” she said.
Trinity also decided to help the homeless in her community after seeing some people on the side of the road and worrying about how they were faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. She gave her parents money to buy masks, hand sanitizer, gloves and other items, and then packaged the items into kits for distribution to the homeless. In addition, Trinity began handing out other supplies to the homeless every month, including food, clothing and hygiene kits. “I realized it’s important not to just sit around,” said Trinity, because “helping people in need makes a big difference.”