Trinity Jagdeo - New jersey Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination by Scott Ehlin Photography by Image Is Everything Studios Issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination:Trinity Jagdeo started her 501c3 nonprofit organization at 17 years old. She publishes and illustrates books featuring kids with special needs and disabilities as superheroes. She is also a motivational speaker and travels to different colleges, schools and organizations. A portion of the proceeds made from the books goes to a family in need. She reads for different programs and special needs schools. This year she is hosting a fashion show for the disability community at The Landis Theater in celebration of her two-year anniversary. She hosts "Spotlights On You" including people from the disability community and young entrepreneurs.
Photography by Image Is Everything Studios
Tell us about the nonprofit organization you started. I started my nonprofit organization because of my best friend of 13 years who has spinal muscular atrophy. Throughout our friendship I learned the difficulties and financial struggles that people face with disabilities. Also, I learned how underrepresented the disability community is, so I decided to create a nonprofit that inspires people with special needs and disabilities. I publish and illustrate books that feature kids with disabilities as superheroes! And, a portion of the proceeds made from the books goes back to a family in need.
Photography by a friend
Tell us about the fashion show you are hosting. The fashion show is called, “ I Love Me and My Disability”. My primary focus for hosting this event is to allow the disability community to be proud of who they are and what they look like! Our participants include people of all ages and all different disabilities.
Photography by Trinity
What is "Spotlights On You"? What does it do and how are you involved? Spotlights On You is a show that I host where I bring on people from the special needs community. The idea is to highlight their journey, as their community is neglected in the entertainment industry. Along with that community, I bring on teens like myself to give them a platform where they can share the great things that they are doing in their community. I host this show, pick the content as well as the people!
Photography by Trinity's mom
Out of all the books you have published, which has been your favorite and why? I really love all our books! I don’t think it would be fair to pick one book as my favorite as each book is based off local kids with disabilities in New Jersey. Each book is near and dear to my heart as I have created each story line, illustrated and, published each book. The books are so unique, as are the people who they are based off! Each book can be found on Amazon!
Trinity will be featured in issue 32 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!