Girl Vow, Inc. will minimize the risks young girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth face by providing direct services, collaborating with private and public enterprises. In order to help transition disadvantaged girls into services such as career sustainability, training, and post-secondary education.
Girl Vow, Inc. is fully engaged in propelling girls towards empowerment by creating opportunities to participate in social and economic enterprises. This greater commitment to complete self-awareness will inspire disadvantaged girls to navigate life with purpose and reinvest in their communities. This will create alternative pathways to eradicate negative behaviors, structural barriers, and systematic poverty.
Girls are more likely to suffer from emotional, sexual-violence, single parenthood, mental-health challenges, and are further harmed by incarceration at juvenile justice institutions. A greater risk is posed to disadvantaged female youth with respect to the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Regrettably, many disadvantaged female youths do not successfully transition into adulthood.
PUTTING MY LIFE TO WORK
Girl Vow, Inc. is a non-profit organization launched to address the gender specifics needs of disadvantaged girls, femmes, and gender-expansive youth in New York City. Girl Vow, Inc. will assist girls and help them navigate the challenging institutional and bureaucratic barriers that lead to and are a direct result of unimaginable traumas. We support all girls who identify as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.
Girl Vow is uniquely poised to meet the needs of girls, particularly those known to the juvenile justice system, who are impacted by poverty, and the foster care system of New York City. It is our goal to impart on disadvantaged youth the power to embrace their self-awareness and use it to develop their own identity, transforming themselves in role models for the next generation behind them. Through youth enrichment, healthy relationships, self-awareness, and an understanding of social-emotional development, Girl Vow Vow is uniquely poised to meet the needs of girls, particularly those known to the juvenile justice system, who are impacted by poverty, and the foster care system of New York City.
Advocacy Compassion Commitment
Empowerment Support Success
Our program is designed to provide support and necessary resources to girls through education, mentorship, life skills training, and advocacy; opening the door to economic sustainability and personal growth. We have directly served hundreds of NYC girls with their transformative journey in addition to providing support services such as 24-hour crisis intervention, panel discussions, court advocacy, and on-going supplemental support.
The cost of NYC youth incarceration averages $265,000 a year. One can look at a failing educational system, endemic poverty, and an overburdened foster care system as a recourse for the high numbers of juvenile delinquency. When our youth is not nurtured properly, especially within minority communities, oppression takes root and in addition to youth violence.
Girl Vow, Inc. was birthed as a means to intervene and reduce these social dilemmas encountered by our youth, specifically young women. It is Ms. Rowe’s passion and vision to save as many girls within the NYC community as others stepped in to help her. Girl Vow, Inc. is her way of paying it forward.
We have continued success with our gender-focus and life skills programming for young women. Our mentorship-based program has a unique theme and is loaded with weeks of skill-building activities and discussions that build on empowerment, personal development factors, and improved relationship-building skills that are delivered in a format that engages girls.
Keys to Success
Individual & Group Mentoring
Life Skills Teachings
Girl Vow, Inc. is a mentoring nonprofit birthed to minimize the risks of girls impacted by juvenile justice, poverty, and foster care by providing direct services, collaborate with private, and public enterprise in order to help transition disadvantaged participants into services that will lead to career sustainability, training, or post-secondary education.
In addition to providing support services on Rikers Island, Girl Vow, Inc. provides aftercare. We have directly served hundreds of participants and have a diverse portfolio of programs including individual mentoring, group mentoring, referrals, advocacy, 24/7 crisis intervention, girls leadership, panel discussions, girl-led summits, life skill workshops, court advocacy, and on-going support.
- Putting My Life to Work – supports girls through education, mentorship, and life skills training.
- The Gentle Man – is an LGBTQ+ focused mentoring program for youth who identify as male and have experienced foster care, homelessness, or justice involvement. We help gender expansive youth with identifying safe spaces, crisis intervention, therapy, court, academic, and ongoing social supports.
- #Pullupforblackgirls – is our social justice initiative created with a purpose to help girls of color advance beyond the issues of colorism, racial, economic, and structural inequality. This initiative is a direct response to Rihanna’s call of action to show up and be accountable to one another. We will use social media as a platform for legislation while examining the impact of race, gender, or structural bias against black girls/lgbtq+ communities. Pullupforblackgirls will host community forums, address national, state, or local leaders to support equity, and inclusion for girls of color who have difficulty advancing against racist systems that have pervaded the American fabric.
At the age of 16, I caught my first charge. I was never sentenced, but I was in and out of jail every couple of months. During this time, I was pregnant and dealing with a domestic violence relationship. My first kid was born on May 24, 2018. At 2 years old he was placed into kinship foster care and I was doing supervised visits at an agency which made me lose time with my kid. Meanwhile, my son’s side of the family had an order of protection against me which allowed them to try and keep me from my son. Due to my first charge, every time I was arrested after that there was always bail set in place. Being in and out of jail and losing custody of my son, I couldn’t keep my head straight, I began to feel depressed, I lost a lot of weight and I dropped out of school.
In August 2018, I met Dawn Rowe, The founder and director of Girl Vow. Dawn became my mentor and an advocate for me and my son. Dawn helped me better my anger hired me as the Youth Ambassador and I was able to work with other youth who have been through similar problems as me. Not only was I able to obtain a job, Dawn has helped advocate for me in getting custody of my son. I am currently still fighting for custody, but Girl Vow has helped increased my home visits.
“I was incarcerated for seven months on Rikers island during my time at RMSC I completed my high school diploma in addition to earning an award for being the only student to graduate with a high school diploma. I earned numerous awards while my stay at Rosie’s from nail technician to cosmetology to participating in the Rover Program in Rosie’s. Since being released, Girl Vow has helped me enroll in school and apply for jobs. I am now attending New York Medical Dental Association (NYMDA) as a part time student and I am working as a sales associate in Jimmy Jazz.
In 2018 I was introduced to Girl Vow while I was incarcerated. Upon my initial release Girl Vow tried to keep in contact with me, but at that point, I was not ready to change my life. It was not until I got re-arrested that I began to realize that the life that I was living was not living AT ALL and I was tired of being sick and tired. It was at that moment I knew I wanted better for myself. My Experience with Girl Vow has been nothing but positive. Following my release Girl Vow has helped me get back on my feet. They helped me enroll in college and obtain a job. Prior to getting involved with Girl Vow, my life was all over the place, but thankfully they have helped me make a complete 180. I am thankful for Girl Vow, and I look forward to many more opportunities and life-changing experiences they have in store for me.
Girl Vow has opened my eyes to the struggles that girls face from ages as young as 12 to 24. I had the opportunity to be a part of Girl Vow’s mission through a paid internship allowing me to be employed and earn college credits. Eventually being granted a full time position as a Program Assistant. Ever since I started working with Girl Vow, I have met many girls both in Rikers and in foster care agencies who deserve a second chance at life. Many of the girls come from low-income communities and disorient-end homes. I believe that their voices deserve to be heard. Growing up in impoverished neighborhoods puts youth girls at-risk of failure at such an early age. As an organization, we strive and dedicate our time to helping girls overcome the hard times in life and push them to be successful. Many of our services include individual mentoring, group mentoring, team building, anger management workshops, family interventions, and more.
Girl Vow has given me the opportunity to help others by putting my life to work. Before working for Girl Vow I was unsure of what my future path was. I was granted the opportunity of having a paid internship at Girl Vow. That opportunity allowed me to gain great knowledge and led me to be offered a full time position at Girl Vow as the Program Coordinations. Now I am able to use my degree and advocate for NYC youth. Girl Vow has allowed me to mentor girls in hopes of changing their original pathway of success. While at Girl Vow, I have gained a greater knowledge on the injustices within the criminal justice system which has made me a fierce advocate for equality.
Hi my name is juah and I am a 15 yr old youth Ambassador and participant Girl Vow. During my time in the foster and juvenile system, Girl vow has helped advocate for me when no one would listen. They have ensured that I got the proper schooling and corrected situations where my foster agency has done things that weren’t appropriate for my living situations and they made sure to correct them. Girl Vow has introduced me to many experiences that are once in a lifetime for young girls my age. Such as meeting with professional women and elected officials who want to hear our stories. Girl Vow has given me the opportunity to have a paid 1 year internship as a Recreational Specialist and this has really helped me be able to get the personal things that I need. Personal items that were not provided by anyone else. Girl Vow has really been a great support system for me and always has been a listening ear. They attend all my court appearances and all my meetings with my foster agency. They have offered me therapeutic services and have worked out many problems I’ve gone through with my mom.
Girl how has helped me in many ways to many that I can think of it was plenty of times where I needed help with getting a job or enrolling into a good school or even time where I feel like I didn’t wanna finish and Dawn just pushed me into getting my life back on track. Coming from a juvenile background I felt like things couldn’t change or get better but still till this day whenever I need her she’s there like a second mom to me and I appreciate every little thing.
Girl Vow has helped me become a person with a positive mind. I just completed my first semester in college. They’ve shown me that anything can be possible meaning if you put your mind to it can happen. I am more articulate. Now I can help the people who are in my shoes.
Girl Vow has always been there for me. Girl Vow supported me when I didn’t have anyone to support me. They also taught me to be who I am and to never give up on myself or my dreams.
Become A Mentor
We are looking for women from all professional backgrounds that want to make a difference in the lives of young women. If you are interested in creating pathways to access and positively impacting the lives of girls in need, submit a letter as to why you would be an ideal mentor for disadvantaged female youth, along with your resume and a list of professional references. Please submit the information to [email protected] with the subject title of “Mentorship Opportunity”.
In order to be a volunteer or employee with Girl Vow, Inc., each candidate is required to have a criminal background check completed prior to beginning their service. To be a mentor, in addition to the submission of a resume, all applicants must pass a personal interview, provide appropriate references, and clear a criminal and background check.
For more information regarding criminal and background checks Click Here.
In The Media
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Girl Vow, Inc.
P.O. Box 843
Bronx, NY 10458
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