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March 6, 2011

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March 6, 2011

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.

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I have seen numerous young lives transformed.

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

Make them biugger so they can do more of this.

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

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.

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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.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

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.

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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.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

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.

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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.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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