Women at work.
It’s Autism Awareness Month so it’s a good time to share with you the progress we have made at our Girl AGain resale boutique and our job skills training program.
In February we celebrated our Girl AGain boutique’s first year birthday with cupcakes for the trainees and volunteer staff. We have added more trainees to our program and we have interest from more women to join our program. And it was a thrill for us to share our progress at Yale Child Study Center with a presentation.
Every day at the store we work on practical job skills while we prepare dolls for resale: How to work with peers. How to problem solve. How to talk to customers. When to ask for help. How to dress appropriately for work. How to manage frustration and anxiety. And more.
These probably come naturally to you, but people with autism need to be taught these directly and repeatedly. These skills are like pieces of the puzzle of life to someone with autism. They need help – ours and yours – to put these pieces together.
We continue to holding monthly team meetings with our trainees, just like conventional businesses do, where we review a business concept, such as upsell/cross sell, and we spend time teaching the hidden curriculum (like why you don’t contradict your manager in front of a customer).
Delighted customers. Satisfied donors.
We have served hundreds of little girls, and a few boys too, along with mom and dad and grandparents. They are thrilled to find beautifully presented dolls, accessories and books at good prices. Our trainees are especially good at helping the girls find just the right item.
We host in-store events for girls including workshops on how to style doll hair and creating doll tee shirts.
Many Girl Scout troops of all ages have come to learn about our mission, make a tee shirt, and then run a collection drive. (One troop even made Izzie an honorary Girl Scout, which thrilled her since she had always wanted to be a Girl Scout.)
Older girls and young women come with arms full of their beloved doll collections, pleased to donate there dolls to our store.When they see our trainees in action they feel relieved that their dolls are serving two purposes: work for our trainees and a second life with another little girl.
You can keep up to date with our activities on our Girl AGain boutique Facebook page.
We still need you.
Thanks to our generous donors, we have been able to create a unique job training program. We could not achieve this progress without your support!
To continue our mission and expand we need your help.
Please consider a tax deductible donation to Yes She Can Inc. now during Autism Awareness Month.
In fact, with your participation we can now call this Autism ACTION Month. Please take action now.