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This American Girl Resale Store Empowers Women With Autism

Marjorie Madfis wanted to help women like her daughter, Isabelle, who’s on the autism spectrum.

In 2014, she opened Girl Again, and 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.

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, creative writing programs and more.

“It’s an opportunity for trainees to be leaders and help-givers to other children who look up to them.”

“I think this model could be replicated across the country to enforce job skills.”

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Originally published: March 6, 2017
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