Mission of Girl Vow, Inc.

Girl Vow, Inc. is dedicated to the mentoring and advocacy of disadvantaged girls. Through education, mentorship, and life skills training, Girl Vow, Inc. will open the door to economic sustainability and personal transformation for future generations of women.


Prior to becoming the Founder of Girl Vow, Inc. Dawn was once slated for an alternative to incarceration education program and placed in drop-out prevention during her high school years while suffering from family turmoil. The fear of being placed in an institutional setting coupled with family conflict would cause Dawn to drop out of high school. However, the love for academics would cause Dawn to attend an alternative high school; where she received her high school diploma. The earlier academic conflicts still haunts Dawn because the system that indicted her never stopped to inquire about her. When we look at the cost of NYC youth incarceration ($265,000 a year), failing educational systems, endemic poverty, and an overburdened foster care system the tone of indictment loudly resonates in our strained communities. When we preliminarily indict our youth, society turns the light on into a criminalistics pathway that often can’t be escaped. Girl Vow, Inc. was birthed as Dawn’s passion to intervene in each one of the aforementioned social dilemmas. Dawn wants to saves as many girls as she can the way others have saved her. In her professional career Dawn is a faculty member, a certified Institutional Review Board (IRB) researcher, youth motivational speaker, and the former Vice President of a large not for profit in New York. Dawn has also worked for the District Attorney’s Office, in youth development, interned at the Department of Juvenile Justice, and worked within the foster care system. Dawn holds a dual Bachelor’s Degree in Deviant Behavior and Criminology from John Jay College, a Master of Arts in Sociology from Brooklyn College, and a Master’s of Science in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College City University of New York. Dawn has received recognition for her work in domestic violence, from New York State Senator Gustavo Rivera, and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Dawn can be reached at dawnrowe@girlvow.org for speaking inquiries.


Katie is a dedicated advocate for educational access and equity. Her career has included positions in college admissions counseling, parental support, arts education and student financial aid, with the underlying goal of helping individuals achieve their educational and professional goals . Katie is currently the Assistant Director of Financial Aid at Marymount Manhattan College, where she works closely with the Higher Educational Opportunity Program (HEOP). In 2013, the New York State Financial Aid Administrators Association named Katie a Rising Star for her service to the New York City area for her involvement in high school financial aid events, guidance counselor training, and application completion events. Prior to her career in higher education, Katie was a member of the founding staff and faculty at Bard High School Early College Queens, where she was a Theater Teacher, Parent Coordinator, and College Counselor. Katie made the transition from secondary to higher education after seeing the crucial role played by funding in determining a student’s college enrollment opportunities. She has served as a mentor for female high school students through the Women’s Entertainment Theater’s Risk Takers Program, and founded and organized youth media-making activities at the Allied Media Conference and Women’s Media Equity Conference in Detroit. Katie holds a Bachelor’s in Afro-American Studies and Theater Arts from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration from Baruch College – City University of New York, where she was a recipient of the Stephen J. Jerome Fellows Scholarship and focused her research on educational finance and student engagement. Katie can be reached at info@girlvow.org.


Judy Jakab DeRocco, President

David Bryant, Treasurer

Jeff Long, Director

Tara Hiteshaw, Secretary