Girl Scouts Troop 6000 Is On A Mission To Help Kids Living In New York City Shelters.

Looking to get your Girl Scout cookie fix this year?

Well, we’re happy to report that you can get your Tagalongs and support children living in shelters in New York City all at the same time. How? Through Girl Scouts Troop 6000!

According to their website, “Troop 6000 is a Girl Scout program specially designed to serve girls in the New York City shelter system.”

The organization reports that of the approximately 70,000 people living in shelters in New York City, about 12,000 of them are little girls.

“At Girl Scouts of Greater New York, we are motivated by a powerful mission to build girls of courage, confidence, and character who make the world a better place,” they said. “However, for girls living in the New York City shelter system, Girl Scouting has the potential to provide much more.”

Those extra benefits include a strong community of caring adults and other young girls, the consistency that comes with weekly meetings, and the same fun, education, and mentorship that being in a troop always provides.

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, they used to meet across the five boroughs of New York City in more than 20 shelters. Their meetings are virtual now, but they’re still just as connected as ever!

“Every girl in the five boroughs of New York City deserves a chance to reach her full potential: to have her eyes opened to possibilities for college and careers, to make loving and supportive friends, to learn from caring female mentors, and to chart her own course to achieve her goals,” the organization added.

A permanent fixture of Troop 6000 is their Transitional Programming Initiative. For families in city shelters, the average stay is about 18 months before they are able to move into permanent housing.

The troop’s initiative is in place to help these girls make the transition successfully through community, financial support, and the other opportunities they provide.

Badges, reading, and singing are just a few of the activities that draw the girls in, but Girl Scouts Troop 6000 is about so much more than that.

“Our mission is to instill girls with courage, confidence, and character,” said Giselle Burgess, the founder of Troop 6000.

Girl Scouts member Sinai confirmed it: “It kind of feels like you’re not alone. It shows you that you’re not the only one who has the same problem.”

As their website says, “That’s what Troop 6000 is all about.” What a beautiful mission!

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