In February 2014, Marjorie Madfis opened Girl AGain, an American Girl resale store that teaches young women with autism the ins and outs of running a small business.
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This American Girl resale store empowers women with autism.
Marjorie Madfis wanted to help women like her daughter, Izzie, who’s on the autism spectrum.
In 2014 she opened Girl AGain, an American Girl resale store.
The store teaches young women on the autism spectrum how to run a small business.
Madfis’ nonprofit, Yes She Can, Inc., trains women between 18 and 23.
Each trainee comes to the White Plains, New York store for a minimum of two hours per week.
The program last betweens a year and 18 months.
Trainees work with volunteer job coaches, who are trained psychologists and social workers.
The trainees collect donated dolls, determine sellability, package them, log inventory and price competitively.
The store offers weekend workshops with doll-oriented crafts, creating writing program and more.
“It’s an opportunity for trainees to do something different and be leaders and help-givers to other children who look up to them.”
So far, the program has trained 28 women, many of whom have gone on to college and other part-time positions.
“We are working on documenting our process and curriculum. I think this model could be replicated across the country to enforce job skills.”
To learn more, visit YesSheCanInc.org/girl-again-boutique.