The Pioneer Awards

The Pioneer Awards is a signature event and fundraiser for the Next Move Program. The purpose is to celebrate organizations in the Greater Richmond Area that have inclusive training and hiring practices.

All funds raised go the our scholarship fund.


The 2017 Pioneer Awards

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Join us December 5, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the VCUarts Depot.

Emceed by Nikki-Dee Ray of CBS 6 and several Next Move graduates. The Forest Hill Trio will provide live music and Level Up Rentals will provide fun party games!

Next Move Graduates can attend for free (but please register). Children under 12 do not need a ticket. 

New this year: Members of the Richmond Community can nominate businesses in the form below.

A panel of area business leaders and self advocates has been assembled to review and select our finalists. That panel includes Justin Feaster of J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Shelley Lantz of True Heath Diagnostics, Scott Wayne of The Envoy Portfolio, Matthew Shapiro of 6 Wheels Consulting, Charlotte Dean of The YMCA of Greater Richmond, Todd Waldo of The Robinson Theater, and Milgo Yonis of TMI Consulting.

The nomination process is closed at this time. Winners will be announced the week of November 6th.

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The 2016 Pioneer Awards

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 practices.

The gorgeous venue was provide by our friends at The Frontier Project.

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