FVC 2017

When a man is incarcerated, not only is his life changed, but also his partner and their children. Those left behind are “forgotten victims”, left without the support of their partner. They must work alone, providing adequate support for themselves and their children.

They must take on the role of the absent partner in the lives of their children, trying to keep some semblance of normalcy, while also being treated by many as a “second class” citizen. Recognizing the importance of identifying and supporting these victims, a resolution was introduced in 2013 in the Ohio Legislature by two representatives.  Ohio Senator Cliff Hite introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution (S.C.R. 8), while Ohio State Representative Lynn Wachtmann introduced its companion, House Concurrent Resolution (H.C.R. 8). The Ohio Senate voted 33-0 in support of S.C.R. 8 on April 10.

“I am proud to sponsor this resolution and believe that, once people recognize the negative impact of these ‘forgotten victims’, the citizens of Ohio will step up and comprehend the importance of strengthening these families, not tearing them down,” said State Senator Cliff Hite. “Nationwide, there are more than 1.7 million children that have an incarcerated parent and these at-risk youth need encouragement, not to be regarded as second-class citizens, lest they prolong a generational cycle of incarceration.”

This resolution recognizes the month of April as “Forgotten Victims of Crime Recognition Month”, identifying and bringing greater awareness to the “forgotten victims” of incarceration, the family members whose lives are altered when their loved one goes to prison. “As a sponsor of this resolution in the Ohio House of Representatives, I trust that the citizens of Ohio will become more aware of how incarceration impacts everyone, whether they are the victim of the crime, the citizens, the community or the family,” State Representative Lynn Wachtmann said. “These ‘forgotten victims’, the partners and children of those incarcerated, deserve to be treated with the respect due any other citizen.”

“We are thankful of the work of State Senator Hite and State Representative Wachtmann in seeking to recognize the plight of the forgotten victims of crime” – the families of the person incarcerated,” said Catherine Tijerina, Co-Executive Director of the RIDGE Project. “As a former forgotten victim myself, I am pleased that this legislation will bring to light the necessity of reaching out to the families affected by incarceration, and will highlight the importance of encouraging them and providing a lifeline during this challenging time.”

The RIDGE Project works to counter the potential devastation on the family when one member of the family is severed from the family unit through incarceration, leaving behind family members who become victims themselves.

“Through the work of The RIDGE Project, we have the opportunity every day to advocate for those who do not have a voice, the forgotten victims of incarceration,” Ron Tijerina, Co-Executive Director of The RIDGE Project said. “We appreciate these efforts by Ohio’s leaders to highlight the need for awareness of victims of crime who often go unnoticed by our society.

Film Camp

The RIDGE Project hosted their 14th annual Film Camp this year from June 21 – 26, 2017 at YMCA’s Camp Wilson in Bellefountaine, Ohio. Teens ages 12 – 18 from all across Ohio to take a stand against risky behaviors.

Camp participants divided into small teams to create a 30 – second long Public Service Announcement (PSA) encouraging their peers to avoid sex outside of marriage, drugs, tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy relationships, and other risky behaviors. At the end of the week, teams they competed for a chance to be chosen as “best production” and the winning PSA will be aired on major TV channels!!

Throughout the week, students also participated in workshops to equip them to make healthy lifestyle choices and avoid risky behaviors. Other activities include PSA filming/editing, group activities, access to YMCA’s Camp Wilson, and more! Subscribe to our newsletter to find out more info on the next Film Camp, coming June 2018.

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Catch With Dad

Come to Fifth Third Field and enjoy a great time with your kids on Sunday, June 18, 2017

Being a TYRO means you have made a commitment to being the best father you can be….so let us help you make happy memories for you and your family! This Father’s Day weekend, start it out right by coming to 2017 TYRO Catch With Dad event!

TYRO Catch With Dad includes tickets to the Mud Hens game, meal voucher, parade entry, opportunity to play catch on the big field, and more! Note: access to Hensville Park inflatables area is available for $3 entry fee (to outside organization putting on that separate event).

Tickets are limited and will be available on a first come basis. Don’t forget to invite your dad as well!

For more information please contact Beth Brown at (419) 439-1811

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. Families must go to the St. Claire Street entrance, near Hensville Park area. Sign in tables will be available for families to receive their tickets and food vouchers beginning at 4:30pm on gameday.

REGISTER at 2017CWD.eventbrite.com

Communications & Marketing Specialist

Company Profile

Company Profile: The Ridge Project, Inc. is an industry leader in the human services field. Founded in 2000 as a faith-based, Christian, non-profit, The RIDGE Project specializes in Youth Intervention, Fatherhood, Healthy Relationship, Healthy Family, and Workforce Development services. We currently operate throughout the state of Ohio. Through our unique and cutting edge programs, we seek to end generational cycles of family disintegration by training clients to have strong, healthy and permanent marriages, and to be responsible citizens and role models in their schools, families and/or communities. We are rapidly expanding the scope of our services, and are seeking well-qualified individuals who are passionate about strengthening families.

SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONS

The Communications and Marketing Specialist will work closely with the Executive Directors to create and implement all internal and external communications for the RIDGE Project. Additionally, the Communications and Marketing Specialist will develop marketing materials, and will market RIDGE Project products and services. The Communications and Marketing Specialist will utilize all communication mediums, print, video, audio as well as a strong use of Social Media.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Function as a press agent for the RIDGE Project, Inc. and assist in developing and leveraging relationships with traditional and non-traditional media outlets in order to promote the work of The RIDGE Project.
  • Gathers metrics to track brand awareness, and monitors brand messaging throughout all communication vehicles/efforts.
  • Lead the generation of online content that engages audience segments and leads to measurable action. Recommend to Directors who, where, and when to disseminate.
  • Manage the development, distribution, and maintenance of all print and electronic collateral including, but not limited to, newsletters, brochures, and The RIDGE Project’s website and social media.
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
  • Coordinate webpage maintenance—ensure that new and consistent information (article links, stories, and events) is posted regularly.
  • Manage all media contracts.
  • Editing of all communications materials.
  • Operates office equipment including computer, copiers, and fax machines.
  • Must participate in any required program training and remain on top of new trends by attending workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings, etc. as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Job Location: Northwest Ohio Company Industry: Not for Profit
Job Role: Communications & Marketing Joining Date: Immediate Need
Employment Status: Part-time Employment Type: Employee
Hourly Range: $15 Manages Others: No
Number of Vacancies: 1 Other:

Skills

  • Must demonstrate a lifestyle consistent with the principles and goals of the Organization.
  • Must adhere to a strong conviction that healthy marriages produce healthy families and communities.
  • Must adhere to the policies and directives established by The RIDGE Project Board of Trustees.
  • Demonstrable integrity, honesty and confidentiality is required.
  • Must be well organized, have excellent time-management skills, and be able to write articles, press releases, letters and reports on behalf of The RIDGE Project.
  • Excellent writing/editing and verbal communication skills.
  • Sincere commitment to work collaboratively with all constituent groups, including staff, board members, volunteers, donors, program participants, and other supporters.
  • Skilled in MS Office Applications and knowledgeable of desktop publishing.
  • Must have well developed internet and social media skills, including Search Engine Optimization (SEO).
  • Must be able to develop and implement successful and innovative marketing campaigns.
  • Strong writing, editing and grammar skills, knowledge of APA or Chicago Style formatting.
  • Must be flexible and able to respond quickly to evolving communications situations and changing job duties.
  • Must be able to work with the press, including using standard formatting and knowledge of the press cycle.
  • Ability to demonstrate good common sense and sound judgment.
  • Ability to anticipate work needs and follow through with minimum direction.
  • Must be willing and able to pass state and federal background check for working with children.
  • Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and proof of insurance.
Career Level: Entry-Level Years of Experience: 1-2
Residence Location: Northwest Ohio Degree: Bachelors Degree Preferred

Please Apply online at: www.TheRidgeProject.com/Apply

Name: RIDGE Project, Inc Email: jobs@theridgeproject.com
Address: J169 State Route 65 Country: USA
City/State: McClure, Ohio Zip/Postal Code: 43534
Phone: DO NOT CALL/DO NOT VISIT Fax:

Digital content Developer

Company Profile

TYRO Support Services (TSS) is a wholly owned subsidiary company of The RIDGE Project, Inc. an Ohio Christian non-profit organization. TSS develops and distributes content that is used in print and digital media by life coaches, educators, clergy, employers, and end users looking to foster personal growth. This position supports the work of TSS by writing and developing content as a member of the creative team.

SUMMARY OF FUNCTIONS

The ideal candidate is someone who is creative with high energy, who prefers working in a fast-paced team environment, has a great aptitude for working with technology, loves learning new things, with excellent writing and editing skills.

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Review existing original TYRO content for blog posts, web content, and app content.
  • Curate content from other sources to be reposted on our sources.
  • Provide copy edits to blog posts, manuals, curriculum, web content, and app content.
  • Repurposing print articles for the web.
  • Assisting in the development of graphics.
  • Perform other duties as required or as assigned.
Job Location: Northwest Ohio Company Industry: Not for Profit
Job Role: Digital content developer Joining Date: Immediate Need
Employment Status: Full-time Employment Type: Salaried/Exempt
Yearly Salary Range: $ Manages Others: No
Number of Vacancies: 1 Other:

Skills

  • Must demonstrate a lifestyle consistent with the principles and goals of the Organization.
  • Must adhere to a strong conviction that healthy marriage produces healthy families and communities.
  • Must possess good organizational skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and learn quickly.
  • Motivated, team player who works well in a cross-functional team environment.
  • Deadline-oriented with the ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively.
  • Expertise with the following programs:
  • Adobe InDesign, Adobe PhotoShop, Adobe Illustrator.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with Word Press and Website programming is a plus.
  • Must be able to quickly and regularly write compelling articles of 750 words or more.
  • Must be able to copy edit.
  • Must be flexible and able to respond quickly to changing job duties.
  • Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and proof of insurance.
  • Must agree to adhere to the policies and directives established by The RIDGE Project Board.
  • Must be comfortable working in traditional and agile project environments.
Career Level: Entry-Level Years of Experience: Entry Level
Residence Location: Northwest Ohio Degree: Associates Degree

Please Apply online at: www.TheRidgeProject.com/Apply

Name: RIDGE Project, Inc Email: jobs@theridgeproject.com
Address: J169 State Route 65 Country: USA
City/State: McClure, Ohio Zip/Postal Code: 43534
Phone: DO NOT CALL/DO NOT VISIT Fax: (419) 278-0117

Facilitator/Case Manager

 Job Title

Northeast Ohio/Greater Cleveland Area – Facilitator Case Manager

Job Purpose

The Case Manager/Facilitator will provide Fatherhood, Marriage and Family Strengthening programming to incarcerated fathers, ex-offender fathers, low income fathers, and their respective partners.  The successful Facilitator will assist the Regional Director in expanding and developing relationships that will expand and enhance services provided to clients.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist the Director with implementation, expansion and maintenance of the TYRO program.
  • Must perform all Facilitator functions, including assessment, case management, workshop preparation and presentation (TYRO Leadership, TYRO Dads, Couple Communication, and JET); and organizing and leading trips to the prisons, as required by Director.
  • Must maintain all written records in each participant’s file (e.g., assessment, progress notes, pre/post evaluations, incident reports, correspondence, etc.) in timely fashion, updating no less than weekly.
  • Must report to the Director in writing to the Director weekly & monthly, the report to be structured according to the Director’s instruction.
  • Must maintain safety and order of the participants and staff at all times during TYRO times of activity, including any field trips.
  • Must enforce all rules and policies of The RIDGE Project, both for the TYRO and in his/her personal life as applicable.
  • Must assist the Director in planning events at the Correctional Institutions.
  • Operates office equipment including computer, copiers, and fax machines.
  • Must be familiar with computer systems, manuals and policies and procedures.
  • Must participate in any required program training and remain on top of new trends by attending workshops, seminars, conferences, meetings, etc. as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

  • Must demonstrate a lifestyle consistent with the principles and goals of The RIDGE Project.
  • Must adhere to a strong conviction that healthy marriages produce healthy families and communities.
  • Must adhere to the policies and directives established by The RIDGE Project Board of Trustees.
  • High School Diploma or GED equivalent required.
  • Previous Case-Management experience is a plus.
  • Must have demonstrated ability to work with at-risk populations (history of working with incarcerated individuals and/or their families preferred), including ability to develop rapport and to maintain discipline.
  • Must be a good public speaker/teacher able to conduct trainings and seminars.
  • Must have demonstrated leadership skills.
  • Must be able to follow written instructions, lesson plans and institutional procedures.
  • Must have excellent computer skills – prior use of databases is a plus
  • Must have good writing, and note-taking skills.
  • Proficient in MS Office Applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, among others.
  • Ability to multi-task, prioritize and work efficiently without supervision.
  • Ability to listen, communicate (written and verbal), excellent grammar, spelling and proof reading skills, and follow-up effectively with all staffing levels and clients/customers.
  • Ability to work independently and within a team, self-starter, energetic.
  • Ability to demonstrate good common sense and sound judgment.
  • Flexibility to adapt to all situations.
  • Ability to perform at high levels in a fast-paced ever-changing work environment.
  • Ability to anticipate work needs and follow through with minimum direction.
  • Must be willing and able to pass state and federal background check for working with children.
  • Must possess a valid Ohio driver’s license and proof of insurance.

Working conditions

This position will have a variable schedule based on the position type (i.e. full time, part time, or contractor) and will be determined by the Regional Director.  In general, the Case Manager/Facilitator will work 40+ hours M-F. Extensive in-state travel required with the possibility of some out of state travel.

The Facilitator will complete the following forms and turn them in to the Regional Director every two weeks:  Daily Activity Log, Phone Log and mileage, if applicable. Reimbursement will be made for business mileage (other than to and from base office) at the rate established by the Board.  The Facilitator will report verbally, and in writing monthly, to the Regional Director.

This position will be reviewed annually by the Executive Directors.  This work contract will be discussed at the time of the annual review, or at any other time, at the discretion of the Executive Directors.  This position does not include health and life insurance benefits or vacation and sick leave benefits, in accord with Board policy.

Physical Requirements

  • The employee will need to be able to occasionally stand, walk, climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee will regularly sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk or hear. The employee will need to use close vision; distance vision; peripheral vision; depth perception and an ability to adjust focus.
  • The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 50 pounds.

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Toledo Ohio TYROs

A group of TYROs in the Toledo, Ohio area recently participated in the fifth annual “Dunkin’ 4 Donations” charity event held December 21 at Scott High School’s Ben E. Williams Field House.  Founded under the brand, “Hands Over Hearts”, the basketball charity event is held each year to raise money and collect toys for local shelters and less fortunate and needy families.

RIDGE case manager and facilitator Willie Knighten helped to organize a group of nearly 20 TYRO men to either participate or attend the event.  The TYROs, along with other local men, not only gave back in the form of donations, but also demonstrated to the city’s urban youth population what a good role model looks like – something desperately needed for many of today’s inner city youth.

The event was featured in “The Sojourner’s Truth“, a local Toledo publication.  Society editor Carla Yvette writes, “Former gang leader Willie Knighten, Facilitator and case manager for The Ridge Project, an organization that specializes in healthy families, responsible fatherhood and healthy marriage along with men of TYRO, an accountability community for ex-offenders, says they were honored to be a part of the event when approached by organizers and donated over