The Next Move Program first developed in 2010 at a large medical organization in Richmond, Virginia. An executive at the company had a child with special needs. From his personal experience, he knew that this population has access to very few preparatory programs for life after high school.
Prior to the arrival of these interns, the very same tasks were previously completed by temporary workers. With temps, the business experienced frequent and expensive turnover rates and significant error rates; all of these issues were eliminated once the interns arrived. The company was also surprised by the interns' positive impact on its culture. The interns were motivated and always smiling, which inspired the best work from its employees.
In 2013, Mary Townley and Elizabeth Howley took over the internship program. They opened participation to all of the major school systems in the Greater Richmond Area. They expanded the program to add many additional departments, so that interns could be placed individually into departments and have the best opportunity to gain independence. Mary and Elizabeth, as special educators, added a daily classroom component. They knew that vocational training would help their students gain employment, but education would help them keep employment.
In order to serve more students, The Next Move Program became a separate 501 (c)(3) organization in December of 2015.
The Next Move Program provides work and educational experiences to young adults with disabilities as they transition out of high school into the world of work.
All young adults are prepared for competitive employment.
Amy Feaster, BB&T & Parent
Andy Webb, KPM Law
Elizabeth Howley, Next Move Program
Eric Turner, Keiter
Justin Feaster, J. Sargeant Reynolds Employee, Advocate & Next Move Graduate
Mary Townley, Next Move Program
Rohana Meade, Synergy Technical
Our Advisory Council
Ajay Reddy, Berklee School of Music Student, Advocate & Next Move Graduate
Allie Ludeman, Richmond Community Hospital
Amy Gregory, Hanover County Public Schools & Hanover Community Support Services
Britt Falabella, Sugar Britches Sweets & Treats
Carly Alford, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Cathy Redford, Synergy Technical
Carol Coffin, Vocational Job Coach and Career Counselor
Carol Schall, Virginia Commonwealth University
Christina Jones, The College of William and Mary, The PELE Clinic
Christopher Brennan, Advocate & Next Move Graduate
Elisabeth Brennan, Parent
Garret Westlake, Virginia Commonwealth University, The da Vinci Center for Innovation
Jaime Gambaccini, The YMCA of Greater Richmond
Kelley Handshaw, Capital One
Kendra Belcher, Chesterfield County Public Schools
Natalie Foster, Virginia Mentoring Partnership
Shelby Kingsley, Booz Allen Hamilton
Shelley Lantz, Advocate & True Health Employee
Tina Reddy, Parent
Nonprofit Supporting Documents