Yes She Can Inc. was founded by Marjorie Madfis, a mother of a teen girl with autism, after retiring from a 30 year career in corporate marketing.
The organization was incorporated in New York State as a non-profit on November 26, 2013,. With the help of Pro Bono Partnership, Yes She Can Inc. received IRS tax exemption status under code 501 (c) (3) in August 2014 (retroactive to November 2013).
The mission of Yes She Can is to develop transferable job skills for teen girls and young women with autism spectrum disorders to enable them to join the competitive workforce.
Our first program is Girl AGain, a resale boutique for American Girl dolls and all their accessories and books. Marjorie developed this business concept not only because of the passion her daughter has for this brand, but because there is market demand for gently used American Girl merchandise. While our trainees are using their expertise in American Girl to delight our customers, we are teaching functional business skills and workplace social skills.
Today 80% of adults with autism spectrum disorders are unemployed.
Girl AGain is a first-of-a-kind incubator and laboratory where we nurture young women at work without the pressure of a for-profit business. We are applying the most effective training techniques that conventional employers as well as autism employment entrepreneurs can use as they begin to hire people on the autism spectrum.
Girl AGain has an active and engaged community on our Girl AGain Facebook page including American Girl fans, girl empowerment supporters, and those interested in autism employment and entrepreneurship.
Learn more about our mission from The Journal News feature story Nonprofit helps autistic young women hone job skills.
For more information, contact Marjorie Madfis at Marjorie@YesSheCanInc.org