GETMAGIC CORPORATION

Rating: 4.81 stars   57 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 5839 Capilano Dr % Ira Pramanick San Jose CA 95138 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a great experience volunteering for MAGIC. Although I live in another state, I was still able to participate fully in the program. My mentor and I met online and spent our time learning about computer programming and writing small programs. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in being a mentor or mentee in STEM topics, even if you can only do so remotely.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had a great experience volunteering as a MAGIC mentor; I have already recommended it to my colleagues and we have set up a pilot program between our organization, a local University, and a local Middle School that will follow MAGIC's process and work on the same principles. I had volunteered with several different types of STEM events in the past (science demonstrations, talks, and science fair judging) but was looking for a more personal and long-term project that had more flexibility than a coach or tutor - and I found it and more with MAGIC. As a first time mentor, they offered great guidance and support system but also let my mentee and I work independently. We really connected even though we had never met in person (although i would have loved to, and MAGIC would have made it happen); she was truly receptive to the things I had to say, and I found myself sharing things about my experiences that I might not have thought were important but actually did make an impact on her thoughts about STEM and how she approached choosing her major and career field. I really did feel that just an hour a week with her had a big impact, and we didn't even need to talk about technical STEM nitty-gritty every week. I would definitely recommend the MAGIC program to other mentors AND mentees!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined getMagic as a mentor in 2010 and have been mentoring two girls so far. I work with the girls on STEM projects, discuss college choices and explore future career paths in STEM.

During my mentoring, I got fantastic support from the GetMagic management board, as well as from other mentors. We have monthly meetings with other GetMagic mentors, as well as regular 1:1 meetings with the management board. The feedback I get from these meetings helps me very much in my work with the girls. It is great to see how much everyone from GetMagic is involved in supporting young girls interested in STEM.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In my work as mentor, I personally learned a lot about the challenges young girls interested in STEM have to overcome. It was also great to see how much this mentoring means to young girls.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

none

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I got to know a lot of very nice and helpful people. I learned how to keep young girls motivated in a project which they somehow have to fit into their busy student lives.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It is to see how much impact our work can have on young girls.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

GetMAGIC has been an amazing learning experience for not only my mentee but for me as well. The opportunity to meet with someone who shares similar interests and passions has been rewarding. She is so willing to learn, that coming up with creative ideas has been challenging but definitely worth it. MAGIC has made it possible to encourage female youths to hold on to their interests in technology and pursue it. MAGIC has created a positive community of encouragement and development and will continue to grow.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my mentee. When we meet together she always seems eager to learn and hear about new things. It has been a very rewarding experience for me.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand, but that is with most organizations. More people need to become aware of the wonderful things that MAGIC does.

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Rating: 4 stars  

Engineering and Computer Science are great well-paying fields and a degree can be achieved in 4 years of study, yet the percentage of girls who elect to major in these fields is low. There is a perception problem, and GetMagic seeks to overcome it by linking women in engineering and computer science careers with girls who have the potential to succeed in these fields.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

From my perspective as a Mentor, it is wonderful to be able to share my interest and excitement with someone who is so interested and eager to learn. Knowing that I am working with someone who already has an aptitude ensures this does not become a waste of time for either of us.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

My main concern is whether this single year of mentorship is enough to really have an effect. Eventually I'd like to see the organization provide statistics on how many mentees went on to Engineering and Computer Science fields.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GetMAGIC has a unique model. They recruit highly talented and motivated young Women to help middle and high school girls build a a career in STEM.

The mentees get the undivided attention of these highly charged mentors for a full academic year. The mentoring curriculum is totally flexible. It is based on the mentees needs and wishes. The mentee is encouraged to set the agenda and plan on utilizing their mentor. Besides motivating and providing access to STEM related resources the mentee is also taught important life skills like planning, managing time, communication etc. as a by-product of the STEM related mentoring.

They have an amazing list of mentees.

The organization model is amazing too. It takes just two women running it part time to get a lot done. They keep focused on tehir core value proposition and keep costs down. GetMagic must have the lowest benefit to cost ratio in the industry.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen numerous young lives transformed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make them biugger so they can do more of this.

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

GetMagic is a wonderful opportunity for professionals who work in industry to share their experiences and career choices as a way of encouraging young women to pursue careers in STEM disciplines. Consequently, the young lady I mentored has indicated a strong interest in engineering and will be taking an Introduction to Engineering class in the fall. I believe our discussions about career opportunities in science and engineering related fields helped her to identify new interests and open the door to the academic path and career options for engineering. I endorse GetMagic as an opportunity for exposing young women to career opportunities in STEM disciplines and helping them to make critical decisions as this point in their lives.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My mentee has expressed interest in college summer programs targeted towards high school students interested in science. I've been able to utilize my network to introduce her to people within my company and peers in academia who know of opportunities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would definitely extend this program to more schools while maintaining ties with current schools. In addition, more people willing to be mentors would support the growth of the program initiatives.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how I've positively influenced another person's life.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Conscientious and share a willingness to help others.

Ways to make it better...

I could have started earlier in the school year but this was due to my tardiness in completing the application.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Sufficient number of mentors to accommodate students as the organization grows.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have been associated with MAGIC as a volunteer for a year now. I mentored a middle-school girl for the academic year 2009-2010 and did several computer-science projects with her. I thoroughly enjoyed my relationship with the mentee and how we turned her ideas into interesting projects. The mentoring process was made very natural and simple because of the constant support from the core team and all other mentors. To me, MAGIC is not just an opportunity to help a young STEM enthusiast, but also a conducive environment to grow as a mentor and as a scientist.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

increase in mentee's knowledge, and clarity in vision/future plans related to STEM and computer science field.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I started with MAGIC as a volunteer in Nov, 2009 and have been a mentor to a high school girl for the past 5 months. I highly value the 1 on 1 interaction as I think this format provides the greatest impact on the girls. The core management does a great job providing support for each mentor-mentee relationship - while we enjoy almost total freedom in mentoring topics, we must follow certain guidelines to ensure that the girls get a full experience out of each 6-9 month mentorship.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

- Mentee's interest in STEM related fields visibly increased over the course of mentorship. - My personal interest in the future of women in STEM has increased.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

I have been working with MAGIC for two years. Each years I mentored a middle school girl at GMS in Mountain View. In the weekly meetings, we read some STEM related articles online, programmed together using tools like Scratch, played puzzles together. Overall I can see the girls improving their logic thinking skills, and the experience is very rewarding to me as well. MAGIC provides the opportunity to work closely with schools and attract young minds that are interested in learning more about STEM. I strongly support MAGIC and will continue to contribute as a mentor in the program.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Meeting with younger girls is very a rewarding experience for me as well, because they are very enthusiastic about new and fun things. I believe the mentoring experience is good for both the mentors and mentees.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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