Diversity & Inclusion
We believe firmly in the benefit our programming holds for youth whose identities have been historically underrepresented in, and systemically excluded from, leadership roles. We welcome cisgender girls, gender-expansive, non-binary, intersex, and transgender youth in grades kindergarten through 12. We know, firsthand, the value of spaces that center sisterhood and girl experiences, and celebrate the multifaceted and evolving nature of those experiences.
Our council works in one of the most diverse cities in the world, and strives for that diversity to be reflected in every aspect of our work. We serve members of all backgrounds, across all five boroughs, and our programming is intentionally curated to introduce Girl Scouts to diverse role models who can help them illuminate their own, unique paths to achieving their goals.
Our mission states that Girl Scouting helps prepare Girl Scouts to make the world a better place. GSGNY lives this mission by ensuring Girl Scouts learn to value both themselves – their own cultures, voices, and perspectives – and those who are different from them.
GSGNY does not discriminate on the basis of age, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, national origin, or mental or physical disability. We are committed to fostering a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and expect the same commitment from our volunteers and partners.
Learn more about GSGNY’s diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism work by exploring some of our specific initiatives below.
To help lead our equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) efforts, GSGNY has partnered with True North EDI, a Black-owned professional development firm, founded on the belief that institutional change can only happen through deep reflection on the ways identity, history, and power intersect and impact our lives. Through workshops, coaching, and consulting, True North EDI supports the development of practices, policies, and cultures where historically marginalized communities can thrive. Learn more >
Girl Scouts for All is a GSGNY program designed to welcome and support members with physical, developmental, cognitive, intellectual, and/or sensory disabilities, while building community awareness and skills around accessibility. The core piece of Girl Scouts for All is our Unique Abilities Troops, which are open to all Girl Scouts, and specifically encourage the inclusion of members with disabilities, learning differences, and/or accommodation requests. Learn more >
Troop 6000 is a GSGNY program designed to serve young people living in temporary housing. Each week, Girl Scouts meet in shelters across the city to take part in activities that help them make new friends, earn badges, and learn to see themselves as leaders. As a permanent fixture of the program, GSGNY also established the Troop 6000 Transition Initiative, which supports Girl Scouts and their families as they transition to permanent housing. Learn more >
In order to ensure our programming is accessible to Girl Scouts of all socio-economic backgrounds, financial aid is available for annual membership fees, Camp Kaufmann costs, and many of our other events and programs. For more information, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about how you can get involved and help inform our equity, diversity, inclusion, and anti-racism work, contact email@example.com.