Get More Active Girls in Computing (GetMAGIC/MAGIC) is an NPO that aims to reduce the prevailing gender disparity in STEM. The organization utilizes a 1-1 mentoring model and pairs successful women in STEM with a middle or high-school girl for a period of 3-6 months. The MAGIC model is flexible as it supports both face-face and remote mentoring relationships, and by providing remote mentoring MAGIC aims to scale globally. I served as a mentor at MAGIC, which lead to several successful mentoring relationships. During the sessions the mentees developed various hands-on projects ranging from website development, ruby applications to Java applications. Personally, this was a very fulfilling experience. Several MAGIC mentees, who weren't sure about pursuing a STEM field before they were selected in the program, developed passion and interest in a STEM discipline during the mentoring relationship. MAGIC follows a rigorous process in both mentor and mentee selection that assures successful mentorships. I hope to see MAGIC grow and prosper!
GetMagic is centered in California. My understanding is that a long-term goal is to expand to other regions of the U.S. I tried unsuccessfully in 2010 to engage potential mentors in Iowa (my home state). I contacted several female professionals (engineers and professors) but could not get them to commit to mentoring young girls.
Unfortunately, Iowa does not have the industrial base that California has, so the pool of potential mentors is quite small to begin with.
MAGIC's goal is to encourage teenage girls to deepen their interest in science, technology, engineering, or math by fostering one-on-one mentoring relationships with successful women in one of these fields. Healthy relationships between the mentor and the girls builds self confidence and really gives the girls a glimpse of what they can be "when they grow up." The projects that the girls work on are fabulous and for those who have participated in Grace Hopper- what an invaluable experience!!