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Getmagic Corporation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

Mission: Focus on providing middle and high school girls, who are seriously considering studying a STEM area, with a knowledge of tools and resources available for them to be successful!

Target demographics: Middle and High school girls

Geographic areas served: STEM Education

Programs: 1-1 face to face or remote mentoring in STEM

Community Stories

243 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 4

This past summer, I was a part of the MAGIC program and I absolutely LOVED it. Although i applied to the program very late, and only had a few weeks to work on my project, the people at MAGIC were very accommodating and understood my situation. Additionally, my mentor Ria was so sweet and helped me answer all of my questions. She helped me developed my idea/project, and I don't know where my project would be without her. I am so grateful for my experience with MAGIC and highly recommend that other young girls apply and try it as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a MAGIC mentee for Summer 2021. Despite COVID-related limitations and the total shift to online, getMagic program was exceptionally systematic and a lot of fun at the same time. Apart form the main focus of my project, app-making, I learnt a lot from my mentor, Manaswi Kashyap. She has a bright personality and I was quite impressed how she was always ready to learn and explore new things and ideas. She was consistently ready to help me throughout the project and was extremely flexible with the project idea and our meeting sessions. I sincerely appreciate the MAGIC Program. It is an awesome program for young girls in STEM and I would definitely recommend it to anyone.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my second summer working with getMagic and both experiences were nothing like I expected. I didn’t realize how many resources and life long skills like excel, interviewing, and public speaking I would gain for such a short amount of time through a laptop screen. This year I worked with Lauren Sutehall on a app called engineerable for teens. She was very flexible and transparent with me and helped me discover a passion for engineering. I absolutely reccomend getMagic for other young girls like me interested in learning more about STEM from an professional in the field. Thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I thoroughly enjoyed my time with MAGIC, as a mentee and two-time intern! My mentor, Smriti Pramanick, guided me throughout this process by sharing links with information about databases and her personal notes about data structures. I looked forward to our weekly sessions together, since she was always willing to help me learn more about CS beyond what schools traditionally teach. Moreover, I appreciate MAGIC and my mentor for giving me a holistic mentorship experience, since they have taught me so many relevant soft skills (such as productivity, time management, work ethic, and public speaking). As a current senior, I am so thankful for the support that MAGIC has given me which has helped me prepare for a future career in CS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I enjoyed my time with MAGIC. A couple years ago, I was a mentee, and recently, I returned as an intern. I love the one-on-one tutoring style that MAGIC provides for all its mentees and interns, which has made me learn so much about programming in only a short amount of time. Additionally, MAGIC has organized several events (such as Ask Me Anything and presentations) that are empowering and have helped me develop skills outside of programming (such as public speaking). Before entering MAGIC, I was very hesitant on whether or not I wanted to pursue a career in STEM or if I was even capable of doing so, but the efforts from this organization have given me the confidence to know that I can make it in STEM in the future. It has had a huge impact on my life, and I am so thankful for the experience!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have no regrets joining GetMagic as a mentee! I was browsing online looking for a program to participate in the summer 2021 and found GetMagic which is a STEM mentor and mentee program, I applied as a mentee. Then after getting an email telling me that I was accepted in the program I met my mentor Jammie. My mentor Jammie is an expert! She taught me a lot about software engineering and thanks to her help I was able to create a website that I've dreamed of. Not only that but I feel more confident in learning more about coding and pursuing a career in software engineering. I honestly recommend joining the GetMagic program because you can learn so much from the GetMagic mentors and create an amazing project by the end of the program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the best experience with MAGIC. During the pandemic, I really wanted to do something with coding, and I found MAGIC. Immediately, I was placed with my mentor Laney, a computer science professor at Northeastern University. I had an idea for a password-generating app, and she was enthusiastic about it. I used Xcode and Swift to create this app. Laney gave me various tools and resources that I could learn from, helping me along the process of developing an app. I truly loved my experience, and I would definitely do it again.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In my second mentorship through MAGIC, I worked with my mentor Sarah on the Alcubierre warp drive. It took me some time to find out that this was what I wanted to work on within physics, but Sarah was always incredibly supportive and conveyed the message that the deadline I had was only for showing others how far I had gotten - it didn't mean I had to be completely done. This made me relax and learn for the sake of learning, which made my experience very enjoyable. I learned how to use LaTeX, matplotlib.pyplot, and Overleaf, in addition to learning about the physics of warp drives. I finished the first draft of my review article on the topic. And though I had many, many useful and insightful conversations with Sarah throughout the project, I'd have to say that my favorites were the ones we had before I chose a final project - those were the ones where we let our creativities shine and had many ideas for other projects that I might pursue in the future. Thank you MAGIC and Sarah for this wonderful opportunity!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I first applied to be a MAGIC mentee, I had no idea how much I would learn. I applied a little late, but they found me a mentor, Devon Lindsey, regardless, which already showed their commitment to helping every girl interested in STEM. I was their first international mentee (I'm from Brazil), which seemed like a big responsability, but my experience was fun and surprising. I was very used to learning in a class-format, where the person in front of me would tell me exactly what to do and how to do it. Devon and all other MAGIC mentors managed to teach in a much more flexible way. I ended up making a blog on quantum computing in Portuguese after I noticed a lack of resources in the field. Devon is a tech lead at Apple and she had a lot of experience with web development. She teached me about debugging tools, GitHub and GitHub Pages, JavaScript, some advanced concepts in HTML/CSS and even one thing or two about cache. But mostly, Devon teached me how to be comfortable not knowing, and remain confident when that happens. She teached me to ask for help and work in a team. I now have a much better idea of what a career in STEM, and specifically in computer science, is like. Before MAGIC, I was sure I wanted to become a theoretical physicist. Now, that remains an option but I'm equally excited about the intersection of physics and computing, and I plan on either double-majoring or completing a minor in computer science. I recommend this program for any girl interested in STEM, regardless of experience or specific area of interest. Thank you, MAGIC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am mother of a mentee who has been part of Summer 2021 session. I feel this program opens a window for girls to understand STEM and actually sparks interest in them in this field. In particular to my daughter, I am grateful that she got this opportunity. I can see growth in her thinking horizon, soft skills and aptitude towards technology and big thanks to MAGIC team for this contribution.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined GetMagic as a mentor and had a really amazing time working with a student in New York. The time commitment was really manageable and it was amazing to work with someone who was so driven. We put together a really nice project and I saw the student learn so much from the time I spent with her. I would recommend mentoring with GetMagic!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My experience here at MAGIC was great! This program allows young girls to explore many stem related fields and finalise a project of there choice! I love this program because there is no limit to what you can do, anyone can come to this program and focus on their topic of choice and something your passionate about! This program is a great way to get young women empowered and eager to explore careers related to stem. I came in with an interest of working on genetic engineering and wasn’t to sure if they would allow me to explore this career, but they made it possible to work and explore anything I was interested in! I got paired up with Michelle who was an awesome mentor to me and always gave me a helping hand when needed and expanded her help and knowledge to help me work on my final project. Michelle was a really great mentor who was always really flexible in working with me on anything I wanted to and was a really kind person and I would have been able to do it without her!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

When I had the chance to be a part of this program, I set my goals (and set them high). I figured it would leave me with something to continue striving for by the time the mentorship was over. However, to my delight, with the help of my incredible mentor, Dr. Jaelle Scheuerman, I was able to surpass those goals by leaps and bounds. My final project harnessed machine learning to generate sarcastic text! If you think that sounds cool, trust me, it was. This has truly been a life-changing experience. I would recommend this program to anyone – seriously, it's awesome. Thank you MAGIC, this is something I'll never forget!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ever since I was a little girl I've been pushed to explore STEM and strongly consider it as a career option. "STEM is the future" is a phrase I constantly heard. But it wasn't until now that I could really see myself working in tech.
I never wanted to live my life coding, only sitting behind a screen, and I also couldn't see myself being an engineer. And with the limited tech exposure that I had, that is what I imagined most STEM careers would be like. Still, I was encouraged to pursue STEM, so I entered the STEM program at my school. Again, the focus was placed on coding and engineering.
Finally, I heard of MAGIC, and I decided to apply to experience what a career in STEM could really look like for me, and I was blown away.
I was paired with an incredible mentor, Lea Speiser, who was able to explain everything to me personally and answer any small questions I might have. Product/Interaction design is a field that I could actually envision myself doing in the future. I really enjoyed the whole process and am so glad to have participated in this incredible program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program was amazing, it gave me an opportunity to immerse myself in a topic that I am very interested in! It also paired me up with an amazing mentor Dr.Mindy Levine who not only taught me a lot but also showed me a great example of what it’s like to be a woman in STEM.
Growing up I was told that women in STEM could never be happy and that woman can’t do everything they can’t have a job in STEM, a family, and a successful career. Participating MAGIC proved otherwise it showed me numerous women who did just that, who were in the STEM field and had successful careers and a family. Just for showing me that I am very thankful to the MAGIC program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I came into the MAGIC program not knowing what to expect. Saying that it far exceeded my expectations is an understatement. My mentor, Ira Pramanick, created an environment in which I felt comfortable asking questions and taking risks, which helped me learn to the best of my ability. At the same time, my mentor always made sure that we were working on things that I was genuinely interested in, making the learning process extremely fun! For example, I wanted to build an app to combat the struggles of having dietary restrictions. Although I had almost no prior coding experience, my mentor gave me the knowledge and support I needed to turn my ideas into reality. She helped me realize that coding is something that I am capable of doing, and more importantly, that it is something I am really interested in (and now want to pursue in college)! I am so grateful to have gotten the opportunity to be a MAGIC mentee, as this was truly the most rewarding program I have taken part in. Thank you so much to my mentor and MAGIC :)

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I don't know where to begin; I honestly do not have words to express my gratitude for what Ira Pramanick did for Anika. All I can say is that if it weren't for Ira’s mentorship, Anika wouldn't have been able to come this far in her MAGIC program endeavor. The knowledge she gained and the confidence she developed is going to help her lot going forward as she delves deeper in the field of Computer Science. Thanks to Ira, programming no longer intimidates Anika. If at all, she is further intrigued by it. She now sees endless possibilities of what can be created. Thank you Ira and MAGIC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an administrator at Brooklyn Laboratory Charter Schools and MAGIC filled a critical void for our girls interested in STEM. Our school serves primarily Black and brown low-income students who traditionally do not have exposure to STEM careers. Two of our scholars participated in the MAGIC mentorship program over the 20-21 school year and gained coding, communication, professional, and time management skills. We are so grateful to be a MAGIC partner and look forward to many more impactful mentorship sessions!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a wonderful experience with MAGIC. I joined knowing next to nothing about computer science, and by the end of the year, I had built a website. My mentor, Leeba Erlbaum, was incredibly capable, knowledgeable, and innovative, and she taught me everything I needed to know. Together, we covered a large set of topics and technologies that will be instrumental in all of my future projects. She also showed me what a career in tech could look like, and inspired me to keep studying computer science. I'm very grateful to have learned so much from Leeba and to be a part of the MAGIC program.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have always been interested in the STEM field but I didn’t think I would have the opportunity to express my talents and passion until later on in life. MAGIC gave me the opportunity to work one on one with a mentor on a research study. My mentor, Naomi Rosenbach, gave me so much of her time weekly to work with me on a project that she was so passionate about. It’s so important for a teacher to love what they are doing. Naomi showed me that teaching isn’t just about passing down the information to the student, but it is also important to share the love that they have for that subject. Every week, she gave me her undivided attention to work on the study, and I am so grateful to have had her as a mentor.

As for the research study, I was measuring the effects between friendship, mood, and hyper vigilance in high school freshman, at the beginning and end of high school. I made my own measure, that was not validated and got approval to do my study. I sent out a survey asking participants a few questions about friendship and mood at the beginning and end of freshman year in high school. Among interesting friendship demographics, I found from the study, I found that there is no correlation between friendship, mood, and hyper vigilance in the beginning of high school. However, there was a significant correlation later on into high school.

I’d, again like to thank MAGIC for this amazing opportunity and for giving me the chance to work with Naomi, a stellar role model in the STEM community.

-Talia Cohen

Freshman at Stella K. Abraham High School for Girls

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with MAGIC was amazing. I was able to work with an amazing mentor, Aviva Oppenheim to create a prototype of something I had always wanted to create. I was able to experience product development firsthand and was able to watch my idea come to life. My project was creating a customized case for infusion pumps in hospitals for children to make it less scary and to let them choose something in their room. I had an incredible experience and would do it again if I could.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience of being a mentee for the first time was very exciting and enjoyable. I was able to code my first game and expand my knowledge of multiple coding languages. My mentor Stephanie Chou was very enthusiastic and easy to connect with, similar to most staff I've encountered during this program. I would definitely rejoin this project again one day.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAGIC has provided incredible mentorship for my high school students. Through MAGIC's rigorous matching process, the students were provided with role models and mentors in all different fields of STEM. The projects they produced ranged from phsychology research experiments to website and app development to mechanical engineering and 3-D printing. Truly an outstanding program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 7th grader and joined this program in hopes to learn to code. My mentor Nandika was patient with me during the program, and I learned a lot from her. I appreciated the one-on-one sessions and working independently with my mentor to create a final project that I am proud of. I am glad that I applied as a mentee and had this opportunity. I highly recommend applying for MAGIC to any middle schoolers out there!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had a really fun time working with my mentor, Lu.
Overall, I had an AMAZING time in the MAGIC program.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

MAGIC is an amazing organization that I'm honored to have partnered with! Each staff member is incredibly thoughtful and student driven. They go above and beyond to ensure that all of the mentees have a wonderful experience and are matched with just the right mentor. The mentees' projects and presentations were inspiring, and I'm looking forward to continuing our partnership next season!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience was amazing! I learned a lot in this experience. I want to thank my mentor, Yan. She was amazing to work with. We had so much fun with everything! Yan boosted my confidence up and made feel happy on what I accomplished. Thank you Yan.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MAGIC was a great experience! I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested in learning about computer science. My mentor, Divina, made sure she was always available to support me and was super patient since I came in with zero experience. I loved the one on one experience and am super grateful for this opportunity.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I greatly enjoyed being a MAGIC mentee. My mentor Deepa, was amazing and provided me with lots of knowledge about the STEM field. I definitely learned a lot. I got to really develop my interests in the STEM field and work on a project. I gained a lot through this mentorship. Thank you MAGIC for a truly MAGICAL experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The MAGIC Program was an amazing way for me to explore my interests in technology. I had such a great time working with my mentor, Smriti, and I was able to learn more from her about pursuing a career in STEM, which is something I intend to do in the future. Through the program, I delved more into app development and combined my academic interests with my passion for coding. The experience as a whole taught me so much, and I'm so grateful for this opportunity!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I have really loved working with my mentor Shilpa, and I have learned so much. I really enjoyed taking my previous knowledge of python and combining that with pygame and creating a really awesome project. Working 1 on 1 with somebody who worked in the stem field was a really amazing experience, and I had a lot of fun creating an amazing game. I am so happy that I took this opportunity to be part of the MAGIC program and have learned so much! I am so lucky that I have been able to be a part of this amazing program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mentee in the MAGIC program, I was able to learn about creating a 3D game, and different assets in the Unity platform. It was wonderful exploring different paths in STEM, especially learning about programming, and scripts. My mentor Pi-Chuan, did a great job explaining everything to me, and we had a lot of fun exploring Unity and C# together! I am very happy that I was paired with Pi-Chuan!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our students at Eastside School have benefitted a lot from participating in the MAGIC program. It has been such a great opportunity for our students to work with their mentors on a long term project where they can pursue a topic of their interest while learning valuable technical and organizational skills. We appreciate all of the time and effort the MAGIC mentors invest in our students. They are wonderful role models and have inspired our students to think seriously about pursuing STEM careers. All of our students have also gained a tremendous amount of confidence by working with their mentor and completing a substantive project. We greatly appreciate all that Ira and the MAGIC team do to motivate middle and high school girls to pursue STEM opportunities.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love thinking back to four years ago when I first connected with Ira and Kim. Our education nonprofit based in Salem, MA was a few years into trying to make our Girls Who Code program at LEAP get off the ground, and wondering if a partnership with MAGIC would be a better avenue to support young women. Turns out - it is! Very grateful to this organization for partnering with us and ensuring each student gets the highest quality opportunity possible through both the tangible and intangible resources provided. I love thinking back to four years ago when we first connected. I was a few years into trying to make our Girls Who Code program at LEAP get off the ground, and wondering if this would be a better avenue to support young women. Turns out - it is! Very grateful to both of you for partnering with us and ensuring each student gets the highest quality opportunity possible through both the tangible and intangible resources you provide. Also appreciative of everyone's patience as we got over some of the hurdles this year.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our organization has been working with MAGIC for two years now, and the growth of the students who work with a MAGIC mentor never ceases to amaze me! I've seen students give a group presentation for the first time, and actually vision themselves as capable of a future in STEM, which is so exciting! We've participated in a lot of STEM programming, and I think this type of one-on-one mentoring is the most impactful.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started mentoring for GetMagic in 2021 and it's been a fantastic experience! Both the mentees and mentors learn together and we form a special bond working through STEM related projects. What a great program!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a mentee in Magic during the Summer 2020 session. This was my first time being a part of any type of mentorship program and I genuinely had no idea what to expect. Magic was amazing and helped me develop my interests in the STEM field and also gave me some much-needed lessons on professionalism. My mentor was Shami Ahuja and it was fantastic to work with her on a website; she truly went above and beyond to help me learn how to learn. I would recommend this program to all young girls who are curious about STEM and want to learn. My time was truly MAGICal and I highly encourage others to join for future sessions!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a MAGIC mentee for the Summer of 2020. Despite COVID-related complications and having to move everything online, the program was incredibly rewarding and a lot of fun! My mentor, Bishakha Mona, was incredibly supportive of my interest and passion for neuroscience and provided me with all the resources I needed to create my project. It was such an amazing way to further my enthusiasm for STEM, and to connect with so many girls and women who were pursuing their own passions.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I participated in MAGIC as a mentee in the Summer 2020 session, under the mentorship of Smriti Pramanick. MAGIC was my first experience in a mentorship program and I was really impressed. I came into MAGIC with a vague idea of my interests and came out with a functioning project. My mentor did a great job of balancing support with room to grow. I sincerely appreciate the MAGIC program and would recommend it to anyone.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter had a fantastic experience with Getmagic this summer using SQL to study data on Race and COVID 19 in New York City. The ability to delve deeply into two very important issues of the moment with the support of her Mentor brought the work to life in a meaningful and powerful way. This experience is helping her refine her thinking on college choice and a career in STEM by seeing how the use of scientific research and data analytics can have an impact on health outcomes in underserved communities.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an amazing experience at this program. Not only was I able to meet and learn from my amazing mentor, Lakshmi, but I was able to work on a project with her that I am very proud of and am interested on working on past this program. It has been a truly enjoyable and influential program to take part in. Not only will mentees be paired with the best of mentors who clearly want to help them succeed, but they will gain more confidence and knowledge along the way!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had an incredible experience mentoring with getMAGIC. I loved having the opportunity to gain real advice and guidance from my mentor Priyanka Bhojwani, who is a woman working in STEM. Her enthusiasm and passion for my project: learning SQL and doing data analysis on COVID-19 and Race in NYC, was inspiring and helped me stay focused and motivated throughout the 10 week mentorship. I was so grateful to have had this experience and I would recommend a MAGIC mentorship to any middle or high school girl who is interested in learning more about a future in STEM while working on a longterm project.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with MAGIC was a time where I felt supported by many people to make my project a reality. My first time mentoring with the program I was able to get one on one mentorship with my mentor Ira. She was truly helpful and a great person to guide me through what I wanted to accomplish. Even though the session was over we continued to keep in touch afterwards. My second time mentoring, I had the help from my mentor, Juhi, who was there to guide me through the process and was always an email or text away when I felt stuck and needed the support. She was also able to explain things to me in a way that made sense to me and easy to comprehend.
I highly recommend this program for anyone with a passion for STEM as it truly follows through with their mission with helping girls follow their passion with the tools and resources necessary to do so.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MAGIC was a great opportunity for me and I enjoyed it a lot. I learned three different programing languages HTML, CSS, and Javascript. I have never learned this before but this program thought me in a way that I was able to understand. Overall I enjoyed this experience and I hope to create something in the future based of on the things I have learned.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After my internship was canceled this year I was looking for a way to be involved in the sciences over the summer. I applied to become a part of the Magic mentorship and after an application and an interview, I was given a mentor who would help me with whatever I wanted to research over the summer. My mentor was always excited about our weekly meetings and was willing to help me research anything I wanted. I chose a biology topic to research and my mentor helped to send me research papers to read and discuss. I not only got to delve and research a topic I was interested in but also learned key presentation slide skills and public speaking skills as well. This mentorship was a great opportunity and I am very glad I was able to participate in it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rivky Kolodny
Being apart of magic this year was such an incredible opportunity and I learned so much about epedimiological reasearch, survey study and design, and much more. I had my incredible mentor, Dr Mermelstein who without her, I would not have had any of he resources or knowledge about my project and it would not have come to me. Thank you magic for this opportunity!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first year with MAGIC, and it was one of the most fulfilling and rewarding mentoring experiences I’ve ever had.

MAGIC fills a real need: in spite of efforts to encourage women to pursue STEM careers, high-school girls are still missing the resources and role models they need to spark and maintain their interest in STEM fields. For example, I found out my mentee’s school tried to start a computer science class, but they could not find a qualified teacher, the girls in the class had a bad experience, and the school abandoned the effort.

Through MAGIC, girls develop their STEM skills via personalized projects that are tailored to their interests. Each mentee spend hours learning from a female role model who has a professional career in a STEM field.

Seeing the inspiring final presentations from my mentee and her peers reinforced my opinion that MAGIC is a practical and successful way to ensure the future of women in STEM.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the privilege of participating in the magic program this year and was able to study many aspects of physics, sound, and music, which I am very passionate about. With the help of my incredible mentor, Racquel Glickman, I was able to accomplish so many things I never thought possible. Thank you so much MAGIC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This program really opened up my eyes to see that there is a whole community who feels just the same as I do. When I was little, the boys in my class would always make fun of me that I was in a math enrichment class and that I loved science. But now I see that I don’t have to be afraid to do what I love. Magic has definitely helped me realize that. Magic has also jumpstarted my further interest in pursuing a career in science. My mentor, Mindy Levine, showed me how. She works in the chemistry field and loves her job. She tests products that have to do with chemistry to help people’s lives, has written over 50 papers that have to do with science in her lifetime, and has really inspired me to become someone who I never thought possible of being. I learned through Magic to be strong about what I want to do and be interested in, and not be afraid to learn about science. This really opened up so many new doors for me and I will take the things learned from Magic when I start my path on becoming a doctor. This was an amazing experience and I am so impressed by how much it inspired me to become who I have always wanted to be. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It is astonishing how one program can transform a fearful girl into an empowered, experienced person ready to make her way into the STEM community. As many girls approach college, they are surrounded by the influence of a male-dominant technological world, and generally think that they would not be able to keep up with their male peers.

MAGIC has given me valuable knowledge at one of the most unstable times of my life. It has enabled me to find my passion in computing despite being outnumbered by male students, and has done so in a constantly positive, encouraging, and supportive environment.
MAGIC has helped me achieve many things during my first experiences with it.

Firstly, it has paved a path of success for me during a time of confusion and indecision.
After MAGIC, I now have a female role model who has shown me that girls CAN pursue their dreams in STEM, with hard work and dedication. Deepa Kalkunte, the very first mentor in my life, has the ideal mentor characteristics- incredibly kind, utterly patient, and she has the unique talent of harnessing young ladies' interests into engaging projects they can learn from. She is always open to questions, gets past confusions, and embraces new ideas. She always can see the promising attributes in me. She draws respect whenever I talk to her; yet, is so close to me I feel as if I can always rely on her, no matter what.

Another benefit of the MAGIC program is that it disposes of stereotypes, and through fun and engaging projects, it builds an understanding of the world around it. Through that philosophy, it helped me understand the technology that so much of our world is based on- from everyday life to work, and economy. The freedom to choose and develop my own ideas with the guide of my mentor with every step- that’s the magic of MAGIC! I felt magically empowered with extra knowledge that I will be able to use- no matter which pathway I will choose in the future.
I could thrive just as well or even better than our male counterparts can.

MAGIC connects girls to mentors who are hardworking women who show that it is in fact possible to make that connection with computing and technology, to gain an understanding of it. MAGIC allows girls to commit to their goals and dreams.

Recently, I attended my last robotics class session before realizing that I was the only girl in the class. Between my first class and then, I had great interactions with the other boys in my class as well as the all male volunteers who conduct the sessions. No, I didn’t feel intimidated at all. It was then that I realized what MAGIC has given me: the confidence to stand strong within a male-dominant technological world. Thank you MAGIC!

Good luck, future mentees- you will love this program, too.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MAGIC was a great way for me to explore STEM in an in-depth way. My mentor, Tiffany Nguyen, was an amazing mentor. She encouraged me to look up things that I didn't know yet still provided enough information to help me if I ever ran into any problems. At MAGIC, you can choose what you want to do, from making websites to building robots. MAGIC is an amazing program for girls and it is a great opportunity.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

This is the second year that our school partnered with MAGIC. Both expeirences were amazing experiences for the students and all involved. The girls had very encouraging and knowledgeable mentors and were able to pursue projects in their field of interest. Working with the people at MAGIC to set everything up was smooth and easy. Even with the pandemic and the second half of the year being especially difficult, the student was able to complete her project and present it.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This was my first year with MAGIC and I didn't know what to expect. I had lots of hope for this program, and it turns out...

MAGIC did more than just meet my expectations. Thanks to my mentor, Michelle, I was able to explore my interests independently and put together a website about psychology (using HTML, CSS, and JS) that I am very proud of. I loved working with Michelle every week and I can assure you, having a good mentor makes the MAGICal experience even better. With Michelle, I was able to work on my final products and have fun at the same time!

Along with the research and technology skills I've learned from MAGIC, I've gained life skills, such as persevering through challenges and making the best of resources provided. I've also gained experience in public speaking and interactive presentations.

Overall, I think MAGIC is such a wonderful journey that should definitely be experienced by so many more people.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I loved my experience with MAGIC! The program is one-on-one so you really get a personalized experience and curriculum that is made based off of what project you want to create. My Mentor, Jaelle, really helped me understand the basics of HTML and Javascript to help me create my projects. I highly recommend signing up.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a 6th grader and was somewhat interested in computer science, and my teacher CS reached out to me and said, "you should try this." I applied and got in, and it was defiantly a great experience. My mentor, Smriti, really made this enjoyable and exciting! I got to try something new, and have that exposure to computer science in a deeper way than I have been before. Although I might not have a career in computer science or coding, I am very happy I got this experience and had the opportunity to explore something new. Going through MAGIC really benefited me in not just my knowledge of computer science, but being more responisable and other important life lessons. Anyway, I would recommend this to anyone who may think they have an interest in CS because MAGIC is a really great program, and the mentors are very helpful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience in Magic was amazing. I was paired with my amazing mentor Jess who was able to help guide me through this experience. I learned a lot about coding but also important life skills to use in the future. I’m grateful for Ira for letting me be part of this program and for my mentor Jess who helped me learn something new while making it fun.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As a junior, it was important to me to be able to engage in different extracurriculars to learn more about potential majors and careers. When Ira Pramanick, founder of MAGIC, presented me with the opportunity to learn more about the topics i’m interested in, while simultaneously learning how to code, I was more than happy to participate in the MAGIC program. I learned how to develop my own website, style it how I wanted, learn different coding languages, use different technologies to host my website, meet with my mentor, and learn/reference the code. Having knowledge on how to code opens doors for me in fields related to STEM. It helped influence my decision to pursue a minor in Chemistry, while continuing to expand my knowledge on code. It was an amazing experience and where I was in charge of what I put in the website, what the website was about, and the different components of it; my mentor was just there for guidance. MAGIC gave me the exposure I needed, to learn more about STEM. As a woman of color, it was important for me to learn about different careers, majors, and fields, related to STEM, that I can study for in college. To me, it’s really important that young women are being exposed to STEM, because there are not a lot of women in STEM related careers. I would encourage other girls my age to join the MAGIC program! MAGIC had such a positive impact on me, and I hope that throughout the years, the number of participants increases because it is an opportunity of a lifetime.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a current 7th grader and this was an amazing program. Unlike a school class or online tutorial, I got to be very independent with the project. I got to choose what I wanted to focus on and how to design it. It is also great for one on one questions with your mentor. I also got an inside look at how it would be like to work on a big project relating to STEM. My mentor and I bonded over many things and she is such a great person. I was so lucky to have her there through the thick and thin of this project. It was great and I definitely recommend it.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a middle school mentee, this organization helped me learn and grow in computer science. It is very interesting, and I learned a lot. It is also incredibly helpful. I am grateful for being able to participate in this amazing experience.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ira and team,
Thanks for the opportunity for another great mentoring session. There were times in the year that I found myself weighed down by work and thought at the end of the workday that talking to a middle schooler was the least fun thing to do. But each interaction got me motivated and I am glad I persevered.

I have heard back from past mentees on how having someone to talk to one-on-one made such an impact on their lives. Whether they pursue STEM careers or not, we are giving them something special. An opportunity to even the playing field, even if it is one fold at a time. We are demystifying the field of computers even for the most reluctant student, and at the end they finish with great sense of accomplishment.

As I saw the presentations from all the students in MUSD, (being in VA, I have not attended many such ), I was so impressed by the students and felt humbled when I saw the efforts of the other mentors.

Kudos to you all, and Ira, I don’t know how you do it. While it takes a village to run a program like this, it certainly needs someone strong and dedicated like you at the helm.


Thank you for all you and others do to leave the world more equitable for our rising young women

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I’ve been vested in the MAGIC program as a mentor the past few years and this year, I got an opportunity to experience another side of it. My daughter, Kamna, a seventh grader, was accepted into the program and was mentored by the founder of the program Ms.Ira Pramanick. I cannot express my appreciation enough for the program and Ms. Pramanick as I watched my daughter transform from an individual ‘looking in’ on software development to someone fully participating in it. With her mentor’s patient tutelage, Kamna grew increasingly comfortable with the technology she was working with, and gained confidence in coding by learning HTML, CSS and JavaScript. Kamna and her mentor discussed her interest in architecture and developed an interactive website to showcase models that Kamna built using Google SketchUp. Her mentor suggested the use of GitHub for source control and hosting. All this was accomplished meeting weekly and remotely over Google Hangout. Thanks to the amazing mentoring by Ms.Pramanick, Kamna has a better understanding of software and a new and exciting world opened to her.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MAGIC has helped me become more passionate about technology. My mentor, Sarah, was very awesome and was very supportive! The whole process has taught me a lot, like learning from my mistakes! It has been a great experience and I highly recommend applying for MAGIC!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MAGIC was such a wonderful experience and it introduced the amazing world of coding and STEM to me. My mentor Shilpa was so awesome and willing to help me with my project. I learned so much from her. It was also great having a mentor because she was like a role model to me and showed me what I could potentially do with a career in STEM. It was a truly MAGICal experience and I would love to do it again!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a computer science teacher at an independent school for girls, and I've worked with this MAGIC-al organization for many years now. We are so fortunate to partner with them to offer mentoring and CS education for our especially motivated middle school students. Ira, Ian, and Cristal have been outstanding collaborators. This is clearly a labor of love for them! If you are a woman in CS who is passionate about encouraging girls to pursue CS as a career, I can assure you that you can make a significant impact as a MAGIC mentor.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

MAGIC was a really great experience overall! I loved getting to build a website and working with my mentor, Komal, because of her generosity. The whole process has taught me so much, including how to stay patient and learn from my mistakes. It has been a highlight of my year so far, and I highly recommend applying for MAGIC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been an MAGICAL experience working with this non-profit for last 2 years. I have worked with two mentees on creative projects designed by them. Getmagic Corporation is doing a great job helping girls get involved in STEM at early ages. I feel fortunate to be a able to be part of this amazing team of great humans who are helping with their heart to help all the young girls.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This was my first experience being a 1:1 mentor with Magic and in general and it was the best start I could have asked for. Saakshi, my mentee, is a brilliant girl and I loved mentoring her and learning so much from her in such a short duration. Cheers to all the great work, Magic!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter, Sophia, had a great experience participating in the MAGIC program over this summer. Initially, she was apprehensive about the process, because she didn't know if she was passionate about computer science. However, after getting to know her mentor, Shilpa, and due to the malleability of the program, she was able to craft a game from scratch, and was able to incorporate her creativity in a subject she initially thought was rigid and inflexible. She was able to talk to experts in the field, and had the opportunity to present her project at the Google facility. This program provided her with the opportunity to learn how Computer Science and creativity are interwoven, and has renewed her passion for CS and has put her on a focused path to pursuing her interests. Ira was a fantastic help, and such an inspiration in putting the program together and motivating young girls in STEM. She and the hard working mentors juggled full time jobs and family as well as volunteering as mentors, and we are very grateful for the effort they have put into making this program as influential and life changing as it is. A big thanks to the MAGIC program for such an incredible and unique experience!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What a fantastic experience to see how the program transformed my daughter into an enthusiastic coder! The program Managers and mentors were inspiring and totally dedicated to make a difference!!