Girl Troop 6000 is one of a kind. They are New York’s first Girl Scout group for homeless girls who are currently living in a shelter in Queens. The girls in Troop 6000 all currently live in a Sleep Inn-turned-shelter in Queens, where 155 of the 287 people housed there are under 18 years old. Troop 6000 helps these young ladies get a chance to learn leadership skills and experience things they might not get to in their current living conditions.
Troop 6000 was created by a collaboration between New York’s homeless services department, a councilman in Queens, and a mom who works as a community engagement specialist for the Girl Scouts - and she happens to live at that shelter as well. The fees for all 20 members are covered by the Girl Scouts of Greater New York.
Moving is stressful for kids and having an unstable housing situation can be traumatic. But getting kids involved in healthy, social routines gives them some much-needed stability.
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