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Members of Girl Scout Troop 6000 New York City's first troop exclusively for homeless girls

Girl Scouts from Troop 6000, the city's first homeless shelter-based troop, are selling cookies for the first time and have set a goal of selling 6,000 boxes. A report last year by the Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness found that the typical homeless elementary school student missed 88 days of school ― nearly half the school year.

The Coalition for the Homeless reports that there are, "63,343 homeless people, including 15,546 homeless families with 23,314 homeless children, sleeping each night in the New York City municipal shelter system".

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Long gone are the days of Girl Scouts having to go door-to-door to sell their legendary cookies. The girls, who all live in homeless shelters, have set up an exclusive cookie stand inside Kellogg's NYC, a cereal cafe located on East 17th Street in Union Square. When it first launched, they had eight girls.

These Girl Scouts are making life a little bit sweeter. There were some unique challenges because this is a troop for homeless girls in the city. They're aiming to sell a record 6,000 boxes of cookies by Friday.

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'But the difference I've noticed in the Troop 6000 girls is there's a stronger sisterhood that's in there that the girls are taking back from this.

Homeless children make up almost 40 percent of those housed by the city's shelter system. The best thing about being a Girl Scout, Rosanny said, was getting "to do fun things with all of my sisters and other girls".

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'I think girls are hearing different messages socially and its our job as a leadership organization for girls in New York City to step up and make sure that their voice is heard, ' she said.

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