WINSTON-SALEM MIXXER INC

Make Stuff. Learn Stuff.

aka MIXXER Community Makerspace   |   Winston-Salem, NC   |  https://wsmixxer.org/

Mission

MIXXER’s mission is to provide access to Tech, Tools, and Community. Our vision is a world where everyone has opportunity to make anything. Our values are: Diversity: Mixxer attracts people from many walks of life. Inclusion : Mixxer encourages people to share ideas while sharing resources. Equity: Inviting people to come as their authentic self and maintaining a safe space. These values are at the heart of everything we do, are encouraged throughout our community of makers, and are the impetus for the name Mixxer.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder/Executive Director

Alan Shelton

Main address

1375 North Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.

Winston-Salem, NC 27101 USA

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EIN

47-2272568

NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

Engineering (U42)

Economic Development (S30)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Robotics Teams competition build

Local middle-school students involved in FIRST Robotics national competitions will converge on the MIXXER studios for six-weeks to design and build robots that will compete against other teams robots in a national competition. The FIRST Competition promotes STEM education and helps students make educated decisions about their future in technology and engineering.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Academics

American Communities Trust granted MIXXER $10,000 to provide scholarships for membership at MIXXER to support economically disadvantaged individuals in our community. We have partnered with SOAR (Successful Outcomes After Release) and Project ReEntry to identify scholarship recipients. These individuals receive membership to MIXXER and specialized one-on-one training and mentoring to develop skills in areas of interest to them, with a focus on developing skills that will lead to employment and income opportunities and a creative outlet for self-expression.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

The local chapter of the American Society for Quality provided funding for scholarships for middle and high-school students. Those scholarships provide selected students with membership to MIXXER and monthly project-based implementation of Quality Processes, such as Six-Sigma, LEAN, and 5S.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Students

A celebration of the diverse entrepreneurial community of Industrial Hill, a neighborhood that focuses on providing access to low-cost commercial space to start-ups and creative businesses. This block party is demonstrating to the broader Winston-Salem community the inclusive and dynamic nature of Industry Hill, the businesses here, and MIXXER.

Population(s) Served
Self-employed people
Families

Once per month, we celebrate a topic of interest to the maker community. Short curated presentations followed by lots of time for people to connect with other people creates new social and entrepreneurial connections throughout our community. Topics include: Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Living, CosPlay, Fashion, DIY Cafe's, Robotics, and much more.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) education program aimed at students in grades 6 thru 12. We will hold 4 workshops in 2020 and double that number in 2021. We intend to build an education program that will ultimately make it possible for students in schools that have limited access to quality STEAM Education opportunity to participate in extracurricular STEAM Education at Mixxer.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Innovator of the Year 2019

Allegacy Federal Credit Union

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings/Town halls,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We've instituted new education-focused programming for students in grades 6 - 12. We've adapted some of our adult learning workshops to better fit what people tell us they want to learn. We hold free teacher training twice each month so that teachers can learn to safely and proficiently use our tools and teach students using those tools. We hold women-only welding workshops twice per month for women that feel more comfortable in that environment.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback,

Financials

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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WINSTON-SALEM MIXXER INC

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Nancy Harris

Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools

Term: 2020 - 2024


Board co-chair

Alana James

Wake Forest University

Term: 2020 - 2024

Andrew Brewer

Wake Forest Health

Adrian Smith

Flywheel Foundation

Matteo Blanc

Rockwell Collins Aerospace

Gabriel Higgins

Vertical Axion

Sophia Russell-Hall

Positive Wellness Alliance

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/28/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/28/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.