October 5, 2017

Next Move's story was featured tonight on CBS 6's "Heroes Among Us" segment. We are so lucky to be part of the Richmond Community and have fantastic organizations like Lebury support our programming.

September 25, 2017

Next Move announced the 2017 Pioneer Awards! Event details can be found under the section on our website. Help us nominate a business for their inclusive hiring and training practices!

August 2, 2017

A huge thank you to our dear friend, Nikki-Dee, for inviting the Next Move interns to tour CBS6 and appear on Virginia This Morning. We had a wonderful time! 

July 27, 2017

Our Executive Director, Elizabeth Howley, was just featured by her Alma Mater, William & Mary, for her work with Next Move! Check it out!

July 10, 2107

Upcoming Wells Fargo Session - Apply Now!

Next Move Program will expand its partnership with Wells Fargo Corporate and will offer a 12-week internship session to young adults with disabilities at the Wells Fargo Advisor's location in Glen Allen, September 18-December 8, 2017.

The session will consist of 2 hours of job site training and 3 hours of classroom instruction daily, all on site at the organization.

Interns will be paid $13.50/hour for their time from the organization. The tuition to participate is $3,000 (far less than the net pay per student). 

The application and functional skills assessment are both due to our staff by July 24, 2017. Email to mtownley@thenextmoveprogram.com or mail to P.O. Box 73522, Richmond, Virginia.

*** Please note that failure to disclose important information on the application could be grounds for dismissal.

May 15, 2017

Upcoming Arts District Session - Apply Now!

The session will be held June 26th-August 4th, Monday-Friday from 8:30-2:30 daily. This session will be an unpaid internship session in the Arts District of Richmond. Our host businesses include Quirk Hotel, The VA Rep Theater, Ledbury, The Central Virginia Legal Aid Society, and The Renaissance. Each business will host 1-2 interns during the job training portion our day. All interns will be placed within the same block of this neighborhood. The classroom instruction will occur at The University of Richmond’s Bonner Center. We are partnering with GRTC to provide transportation/mobility training to travel as the group the 7 blocks from Bonner to the job sites each day. 

This session will be provided at no cost to families, as it is sponsored by our friends at KOVAR!

Applications can be found below and are due by EBD on June 7th. You can return completed applications to P.O. Box 73522, Richmond, VA 23235 or to mtownley@thenextmoveprogram.com


May 14, 2017

This weekend, #capABLE was featured in the latest Grid Magazine and a story about our inclusive internship programming was featured in Richmond Magazine

So grateful for the opportunity to share about the remarkable individuals that we serve and the need that we fill.

April 25, 2017

The Next Move Program announces capABLE Project’s Gallery and Fundraiser

Richmond, Va. (April 25, 2017) – The Next Move Program is pleased to announce that their capABLE Project’s gallery and fundraising event, capABLE RVA, will take place May 25 at the VCUarts Depot from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite. All proceeds will benefit The Next Move Program’s scholarship fund.

The Next Move Program, a 501(c)(3) organization, partners with Richmond businesses to create guided internship experiences for young adults with disabilities. Some of their host sites include Wells Fargo, Quirk Hotel, The YMCA of Greater Richmond and The University of Richmond. Through education and job training, the non-profit aims to combat the 70% unemployment rate for young adults with special needs in the Commonwealth. Approximately 80% of their graduates have gained employment or acceptance to post-secondary education.

The capABLE RVA event will serve as the final celebration of the capABLE Project’s social media campaign, which started in March. The Next Move Program assembled seven professional photographers to capture empowering portraits of individuals from Richmond’s disability community. 19 individuals’ portraits and the stories of their involvement in the Richmond community have been shared on The Next Move Program’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The portraits show that the models are thriving in the Richmond community – they are working, raising families, volunteering, pursuing education and actively involved in community programming. These portraits will be on display in the event’s gallery. One of the capABLE Project’s models is Shelley Lantz, 28. Lantz works for a biotech company and actively participates in several Richmond area organizations, including Friends for Life, Nova Masters Swimming, SPARC’s LIVE ART program and Special Olympics. She also serves on the Advisory Council for The Next Move Program and was named Self Advocate of the Year in 2016 by the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Richmond.

“It was fun to participate in the capABLE Project campaign and tell people who I am – that I do many things well,” states Lantz. “I am a capable person,” she says.

Another capABLE Project model is Emily Bower, 30. Bower is a Special Olympics athlete, employee and Global Ambassador. “I am smart and capable of doing anything that I put my mind to,” she explains. “I also want to be respected because I have many unique abilities that others may not have.”

The capABLE Project and event have received overwhelming support from the community with sponsors that include: The Virginia Historical Society, CBS6, Grid Magazine, Richmond Pit Bull Project, Richmond Autism Connection, Kelley Communications, Courage to Be, Superfun Yoga Pants, Water Baby Print Shop and Franklin James Consulting.

Attendees at the gallery and fundraiser will have the opportunity to meet the capABLE Project’s models and enjoy catering from Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue, Sugarbella’s Handcrafted Popcorn, Natalie’s Taste of Lebanon and All Stewed Up Catering. Music will be provided by Bow Tied Weddings.

The Virginia Historical Society will display the photographs as a part of their Story of Virginia exhibition, beginning June 3, 2017.

Businesses interested in becoming an event sponsor can contact Elizabeth Howley, Executive Director and Co-Founder of The Next Move Program at ehowley@thenextmoveprogram.com. Those wishing to make a donation can do so through the capABLE Project’s GoFundMe page.

About The Next Move Program:

Founded in 2015, The Next Move Program is a non-profit organization that partners with businesses to create guided internship experiences for young adults with disabilities in the local Richmond community. 

Media Contact:

Elizabeth Howley, Executive Director & Co-Founder

April 13, 2017

Our ED and Co-Founder, Elizabeth, was named the 2017 HYPE ICON winner in the change agent category for creating social change through Next Move in the Richmond Community. The award was given by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce.









April 3, 2017

We are excited to announce an upcoming session at University of Richmond, May 22-June 30. There is no fee for this session - we have received a grant from KOVAR to provide scholarships.

The application and functional skills assessment are both due to our staff by May 5, 2017. Email to ehowley@thenextmoveprogram.com or mail to P.O. Box 73522, Richmond, Virginia.

March 13, 2017

Thank you to Matt Pochily for helping us spread the word about capABLE. Enjoy!

December 13, 2016

We are offering an informational session for interested applicants at Bon Air Library on 12/20 at 6:30 pm. Join us to learn more about the upcoming Wells Fargo internship session!!

December 7, 2016

Big News! Next Move Program has a new partnership with Wells Fargo Corporate and will offer an internship session to young adults with disabilities at the Wells Fargo Advisor's location in Glen Allen, January 23-March 3.

The application and functional skills assessment are both due to our staff by January 6, 2017. Email to ehowley@thenextmoveprogram.com or mail to P.O. Box 73522, Richmond, Virginia.

September 19, 2016

Thank you to our friends at The YMCA of Greater Richmond for creating a video about our programming. Together, we can ensure that all young people, regardless of a special need, have a bright future.

July 25, 2016 

June 20, 2016

September 7, 2016

Thank you to the amazing businesses and organizations who supported The Pioneer Awards - the event would not have been possible without your help!

Thank you to The Frontier Project, SugarBella's Popcorn, The VCU Gold Rush Dancers, Hummingbird Gardens, King of Pops, Buz N' Ned's, All Things Beautiful Photography, Sugar Britches Sweets and Treats, 7 Hills Brewing Company, The Washington Redskins, The University of Richmond, Tweed, Park Ave Prints, The Flying Squirrels, and Kitchen 64.

August 31, 2016

On August 31, 2016, The Greater Richmond ARC, The University of Richmond, The YMCA of Greater Richmond, and Bon Secours Health Systems were all recognized for their inclusive hiring and training practices.

The event was hosted by The Next Move Program at The Frontier Project. News Channel 6's Nikki-Dee Ray and several Next Move Graduates, Becky, Shelley, and Justin, all served as emcees.

Thank you to our community sponsors, SunTrust, Keiter, and The YMCA of Greater Richmond, for supporting such an important event.

July 22, 2016

Thank you to Virginia This Morning for having us on to share about Next Move!

July 16, 2016

Thank you to Bizsense for sharing about our programming and vision for inclusive workplaces!




June 10, 2016

NBC12's Allison Norlian catches up with Next Move Program intern Christopher about his progress following his experience with Next Move's unique curriculum and inclusive internship. He now has a great job and plans to start his own landscaping business.

May 25, 2016

May 25, 2016 - New Pilot

We are pleased to announce that we are providing a pilot internship experience with the University of Richmond June 27th-August 5th.

Selected interns will participate in an unpaid training experience for 6 hours daily, Monday through Friday (8:30am-2:30pm)

Here is what we are looking for in applicants:

  • Has a disability
  • Wants to work in the community
  • Is between ages of 18-25
  • Is privately insured or has Medicaid 
  • Is current with vaccinations (businesses often require proof of certain vaccinations)
  • Has basic self care skills
  • Does not require extensive behavioral supports
  • Has a reliable means of transportation

The subsidized fee for participation – provided by our amazing community sponsors – is $1,500 for this experience. Some full or partial scholarships may be available based upon need.

Applications are due by June 10th –  they can be emailed to ehowley@thenextmoveprogram.com or mailed to P.O. Box 73522, Richmond, VA 23235

December 7, 2015

October 9, 2015

NBC12 journalist Kelly Avellino takes a look at the The Next Move Program and their continued work in the Richmond, Virginia special needs community.