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May 22nd, 2014
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RIDGE Project Recognized for Strengthening the Role of Fathers
Agency Presented with Fatherhood Achievement Award at statewide summit
(Columbus)—Today, in a recognition ceremony during the Ohio Fatherhood Summit, the Ohio Practitioners' Network for Fathers and Families (www.ohiofathers.org) honored The RIDGE Project (www.theridgeproject.com) with the Fatherhood Achievement Award, for their exemplary model of achievement in promoting healthy fatherhood.
"Catherine and I are humbled by this recognition" said RIDGE Project co-executive director Ron Tijerina. "We are grateful for the opportunity to invest in the lives and families of many whom our society has forgotten. Supporting and encouraging fathers is an indispensable part of the equation of successful futures for these at-risk families and children."
The TYRO Dads program is a combination of case-management and curricula that promote healthy-marriage, responsible fatherhood and workforce development skills. The award-winning TYRO Dads program is taught in 20 institutions in Ohio with 74 classes a week targeting the root causes of poverty and incarceration and strengthening fathers' relationships with their spouse/partner. TYRO Accountability Fraternities ™ in a number of cities throughout the state also provide clients with mentoring and ongoing encouragement.
Dr. Brian Moore, OPNFF President, noted that the RIDGE Project will be listed in a compendium of best practices, which will be shared with more than 1,200 fatherhood advocates, practitioners, and partners, including the Ohio University College of Health Sciences and Professions and the Ohio Commission on Fatherhood.
The RIDGE Project, based in McClure (Henry County), is a Christian, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 2000 that provides services through partnerships with churches, schools, and state and national agencies to serve the youth and families of Ohio. Additionally, the organization strives to inform individuals, communities, the media and local and national policy makers of the importance of strong families. The organization has been recognized as a federal Department of Health and Human Services "Best Practice" program, and has been identified nationally as a leader in family and youth services.
Baylor University has recently released a study on the pro-social impact and significant return-on-investment of the RIDGE Project's programming (http://www.baylorisr.org/2014/04/ridge-project-stronger-families-stronger-society-a-case-study).
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