Giselle BurgessProgram Manager at TROOP 6000 New York, NY Award Year: 2022
Giselle Burgess is the Visionary and Program Manager of Troop 6000, a Girl Scout program specially designed to serve girls in the New York City Shelter System. After becoming homeless and living in a shelter with her five children, she saw that there was a great need for a program like this to be offered to girls and women living in the shelter system. Burgess is devoted to bringing the Girl Scouting experience to all girls, regardless of their housing or economic status. She has been recognized for her dedication by her community and her local city councilman and has received a Proclamation from the City of New York for her outstanding service, achievements in her community, and for devoting her life to empowering and uplifting women. In addition to serving as the Troop 6000 Program Manager, Burgess is a full-time mother to four daughters, all of whom are in Girl Scouts and remain a part of Troop 6000, even after finding a home of their own. Burgess and her daughters continue to advocate for girls and women living in the shelter system and are determined to break the stigma of homelessness.