Yes She Can Inc. was founded in 2013 by Marjorie Madfis, a mother of a teen girl with autism, after retiring from a 30 year career in corporate marketing.
The mission of Yes She Can is to help teens and young women with autism spectrum disorders and related social and learning disabilities develop transferable job skills to enable them to join and be successful in the competitive workforce.
Why is this mission important?
Today 80% of adults with autism spectrum disorders are unemployed, regardless of academic accomplishments!
People with autism learn best in an interactive hands on setting with coaching and immediate feedback. Our program is incorporated in an authentic business setting, Girl AGain, a resale boutique for American Girl dolls and all their accessories and books.
Marjorie developed this business concept not only because of her daughter’s passion for this brand, but because there is market demand for refurbished American Girl merchandise. While our trainees are applying their expertise in American Girl to delight our customers, we are teaching functional business skills and workplace social skills, and developing self-advocacy and self- esteem.
Yes She Can’s program 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.
Presentation: Job Skills Development
The Journal News Nonprofit helps autistic young women hone job skills.
For more information, contact Marjorie Madfis at Marjorie@YesSheCanInc.org