The New York City Council, led by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, presented a proclamation to the members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 to celebrate their founding as the first troop exclusively for homeless girls.
All members of the troop live at the Sleep Inn hotel in Long Island City, which is used as a homeless shelter for 100 families.
“Today we honor a very special group of young women who made history and are the future leaders of our city,” Van Bramer said. “With Troop 6000, they now have a place to realize their dreams, find stability, make lifelong friends and discover the strength they have inside to be whoever they want to be.”
In the New York area, girl scout troop numbers are assigned by borough. Troop 6000 was given their number because the members may not call the borough in which they live home.
“Girl Scout Troop 6000 truly represents the strength and resilience of our communities, especially our young New Yorkers,” said Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. “These girls and young women are the leaders of our future – and no one deserves to miss out on opportunities simply because she is homeless.”
Meredith Maskara, the chief operating officer of the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, said Troop 6000 will provide security, sisterhood and consistency to girls and women living in shelters.
“The expansion of the Troop would allow women and girls the opportunity to remain part of the same troop, no matter what shelter they reside, receive leadership development and programming and be the anchor that makes them feel they are part of their community,” Maskara said. “The current girls in the Troop are demonstrating that Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character who truly make the world a better place.”