I first met Stacy Nixon in 2016 at a Show of Hands event in Wheeling WV. She was excited to introduce her new venture into the nonprofit world with Second Chance Technology – an Ohio Valley nonprofit that provides electronics to disadvantaged community members. I admire Stacy’s work, spirit, and humor. She has the vision and determination to make real, lasting change in the Ohio Valley and the state of West Virginia for years to come. I was honored to talk with Stacy about her work and her vision for this installment of Faces of Change. – Rosemary Ketchum
What drives your passion for helping persons in poverty with Second Chance Technology?
“I grew up in a lower middle class family with parents who worked in blue collar fields. We had what we needed, but that was a struggle. We didn’t take vacations every year and we didn’t have the latest gear. When I look around our community today, I see so many people struggling to just make ends meet and survive. This program gives me the opportunity to help lift those people up and maybe give them opportunities that they otherwise would not have had.”
What do most people misunderstand about poverty?
“I feel that most people believe if you work hard you won’t be poor, but that’s just not the case. When you are born into a certain class, it is very difficult to advance to the next class, especially if you don’t have the proper tools or education.”
Why do you believe WV has struggled to gain full broadband access?
“I feel that because WV is such a rural, mountainous state, configuring the installation of expanded broadband is a big issue. I also feel that the folks in Charleston and even D.C. do not understand the deep issue of not having access to the internet because they are not having to deal with that directly.
Senator Manchin did secure federal funding for WV in March 2018, to update broadband access, but we haven’t seen much action yet. Microsoft has also given grants to a few communities to help solve this. Needless to say, I’m following this issue very closely!”
What can we do to make full broadband a reality?
“I think that if we allow smaller broadband/internet companies to enter the market, we could see a reduction in cost and have more options available to consumers. Some communities are creating their own broadband networks and I’m hoping to do some additional research on how that can be accomplished here in our community. “
What has been your biggest professional success thus far?
“Are you kidding? I am the Executive Director of my own nonprofit! [laughing] That is my biggest professional success thus far!”
What does the future of Second Chance Technology look like?
“I hope that Second Chance Technology can hire individuals in the near future to help further the mission of refurbishing computers. We are also in the beginning stages of Phase 2 of the project which will include hiring individuals re-entering society from either rehabilitation facilities or from the department of corrections. We hope to include job training and other similar programs to assist in the fight against the opioid crisis.”
What makes you optimistic about the Valley
“There are a lot of young people getting involved in making our community a better place to live and I’m excited to see new businesses opening up and old businesses thriving. I hope Second Chance Technology can help bridge the digital divide and also help a few other social issues at the same time.”
Anastasia “Stacy” Nixon was born and raised in Wheeling, WV. She is married with four children, and owns and operates Technxn LLC and Second Chance Technology, a Social Enterprise, with her husband Jim. Stacy was a paralegal from 2003-2009 and also worked as a legal proofreader at Williams Lea from 2010-2014. In 2014, she resigned her career to work full time with her husband at their computer repair shop.
Stacy holds an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies, and graduated from Wheeling Jesuit University in 2016, where she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership and Development. Stacy is also a member of The Kiwanis Club of Wheeling and the Wheeling YMCA.
If you would like to donate, volunteer or collaborate with Second Change Technology contact the team at Secondchancetechnology26003@gmail.com or by phone at 304-559-7123. You can visit their website here Second Chance Technology
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