Girl Scout cookie season is here and you might want to buy a box from this group

New York-based Girl Scout Troop 6000 is trying to sell as many coveted cookies as possible before the program ends on March 27.

Their mission is familiar: to raise enough funds for hundreds of girls in the troop to participate in various activities, earn badges, and even attend Girl Scout Camp. However, the backstory behind Troop 6000 is quite different from the others.

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It is the first Girl Scout troop designed to serve girls living in New York’s homeless shelter system, although it is not the first troop to serve homeless girls in the country.

Through the Troop 6000TM program, thousands of girls from more than 20 shelters across the five boroughs can enjoy an authentic Scouting experience.

“Troop 6000 creates opportunities for girls who would otherwise not have access to Girl Scouting to be part of a strong community, learn new skills, and ultimately see themselves as leaders,” said Meridith Maskara, CEO of Girl Scouts of Greater New York. FoxNews.

Not only is the program “part of our mission is to break down the stigma around homelessness and show girls and the world that their current situation does not define them,” added Maskara.

According to the organization, of the approximately 70,000 people living in New York City’s shelter system, most are families with children. Of these 70,000 people, approximately 23,000 are children under the age of 18. About half of that number, or about 12,000, are girls, according to the Girl Scouts.

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“Families enter shelters because rent is unaffordable relative to their income, there is a shortage of affordable housing relative to need, and women escape domestic violence,” according to the Girls Scouts website. “These reasons contrast with traditional stereotypes of homeless people.”

The troupe traditionally meets weekly in shelters across the city. Throughout the pandemic, troop leaders have held weekly virtual meetings, helping them feel “less alone and more optimistic”.

The meetings are even led by the very women who also live in the shelter system, according to the Girl Scouts. These women, who are also trained troop leaders, are paired with community volunteers, the organization said.

Like all the other troops, the girls are dedicated to earning a range of badges covering topics such as STEM, financial literacy, environmental protection, civic engagement and community service, which symbolize all a significant achievement, according to the organization.

Cookie Business badges in particular “demonstrate that a girl has developed specific skills related to running her own business,” the Girl Scouts said.

In recent weeks, thousands of people have taken to Twitter, shedding light on the troupe, hoping to help them through cookie-selling season.

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