Girl Scout troop works to boost confidence of young girls living in homeless shelters
Dozens of Girl Scouts from across the city are getting out and exploring all that New York City has to offer with Troop 6,000 -- a program designed specially to serve girls experiencing homelessness.
All summer long, Girl Scouts from Troop 6,000 have been traveling to places like museums, the zoo and even to Prospect Park for a day of field games.
Troop leaders say being a part of this troop helps the girls build bonds while learning and having fun.
"It's really important for their self-esteem for them to have mentors and a network that they can tap into when they are suffering and going through something really difficult, and it's important for them to have fun," says Heidi Schmidt, Troop 6,000 director. "During the pandemic, it's been a lack of those types of connections."
The goal of the troop is to give girls living in the New York City shelter system a community where they can build courage and confidence. This summer is the first time the girls and leaders are coming together after doing the program virtually throughout the pandemic.
The troop has been around for four years, hoping to make a difference in the girls' lives.
Troop leaders say they're hoping that by doing events like this, and building those bonds, the girls will know that they always have someone to lean on -- even when they are no longer living in the shelters.