Volunteering for MAGIC as a mentor was a very rewarding experience. MAGIC matched me with such an amazing student. She was always eager learn and listened to everything I wanted to teach her. What intrigued me the most was how hard she was working. She attended high school, attended college classes, and was also a volunteer herself, however, she still made time to work on her project when she was not busy with her everyday life. At first, choosing a project seemed to be an impossible choice to make, but when stated that programming/coding does not just need to be visually appealing, but should be used in combination with your passion, she had the best idea. She wanted to make an informative website regarding human trafficking. As soon as she told me her idea, I knew that she had seen computer science in a different way. No longer did it seem like a difficult topic to conquer, but a very interesting topic to learn, which she found to be a way she can make a difference in the world, through educating the public about a subject people turn their faces to. She no longer was intimidated with coding.
I really enjoyed being her mentor, and a mentor for MAGIC, where a difference can be made in each students' lives' as well as a difference in the world.
I had a blast working with my mentee! She was so enthusiastic, which made our time working together lots of fun! I think she got a lot out of the experience, and I am looking forward to mentoring again someday!
I have volunteered with MAGIC as a mentor for the past two years since graduating from university and it has been one of the most rewarding experiences that I have had. MAGIC aims to get more young women involved in STEM by pairing a mentee with a female role model to work on technological projects that fit her interests. The uniqueness and strength of this program is in the one-on-one relationships that exist between a mentor and mentee and the ability of the pair to create a project that highlights the mentee’s interests as well as her development during the program. MAGIC is special because it allows young women to develop not only technical skills but soft skills as well such as the confidence to bring their ideas to fruition. Being able to share my passion with my mentees and see their excitement and growth over the course of the year has been incredibly rewarding as well. It is the most rewarding volunteer experience that I have been a part of and I would highly recommend it to both mentees and mentors.
MAGIC aims to get more girls involved in STEM fields and as a mentor, I was able to help my mentee (a middle-schooler), channel her creativity to work on a project in her field of interest - neuroscience. Discussing physiological facts about the brain and recent medical technology developments with her was a lot of fun and it got her more interested in neuroscience. Overall, being able to have an impact on these young minds and helping them have fun while learning is a very gratifying experience.
Mentoring with MAGIC is one of the most satisfying decisions I have ever made. This is my second year mentoring with MAGIC, and I am looking forward for the third year! I have had great times with my mentees and fellow mentors, I am so amazed by how MAGIC have been able to positively impact the career decisions of these young women. I am glad to be part of this initiative!
I started with MAGIC as a mentee, and have now had the wonderful experience of being a mentor. MAGIC is such a wonderful program, and I have learned and grown from being both a mentee and a mentor.
I have been mentoring with MAGIC for two years now and have loved my experience. It is very exciting to meet young minds who are keen in the STEM fields and then see them grow and develop interests.
I started volunteering with MAGIC since 2013 as a mentor. I found it very rewarding to share my experience one-on-one with my mentee, and to learn from her. We all agree that having a role model in our life and career path is very important, and I am amazed by the positive impact MAGIC is bringing to the young women and the mentors .
Magic is a great organization. Participating in Magic as a mentor is a great opportunity to use the skills I have learned over the years as a Computer Scientist to motivate young women to consider computing related careers. I have enjoyed working with my mentee toward a common goal and seeing her express her ideas throughout the duration of the mentorship. I have also gained a lot by participating and have learned a lot about myself in the process. This program is awesome and I appreciate the chance to be a part of it.
I am a first-time volunteer for getmagic.org. The vision of this organization is to get more girls involved in STEM related fields and one of the important aspects of this vision is to make sure that strong role-models are available to the girls. Role-models who are women and are intimately involved in STEM related fields. I believe in and respect this vision and through my first year with getmagic.org as a volunteer, I have seen this visiont make a tangible and significant difference to the participating girls. The best part is seeing the girls being inspired by small technological projects and seeing them use it towards thinking about a career in a STEM related field.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.