We work to establish young leaders who can stand up against the negative influences, peer pressures and low expectations that exist for young people in society today. Youth leadership development is essential in creating a positive youth culture.
The RIDGE Project’s youth program provides positive character development, traditional values and life skills education through our TYRO Youth (formerly ROP) program to youth in Ohio’s schools and detention centers. This program was originally developed by National Family Life and Education Center. We work to establish young leaders who can stand up against the negative influences, peer pressures and low expectations that exist for young people in society today. Youth leadership development is essential in creating a positive youth culture.
“This has helped me a lot to make positive choices. My whole life has changed completely and I thank you so much for that.”
– Female, 9th grade
Henry County, Ohio
“I strongly believe in abstinence education. I’ve seen plenty of teens suffering from STDs and pregnancy. I’ve also seen half of those teens turn to drugs and alcohol because of it. I believe that abstinence programs will help prevent teens from this and reach their goals in life.”
Male, 9th Grade
Film Camp began in 2003 as a vision of Blake and Brandon Tijerina, Ron and Cathy’s teenage sons. They began developing Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and TV shows while recruiting other youth to participate, and Film Camp was born.
Since 2003, RIDGE has hosted an annual film camp for youth that has now grown to include youth from across Ohio. The youth are challenged to stand against the negative influences of pop culture. They develop, star in, and produce their own 30 second PSAs. At the end of the week, they host a film festival at which a panel of judges chooses the winning PSA. That PSA is then distributed and aired on TV stations throughout the state. Click here to read more info on Film Camp.
“The RIDGE Project’s TYRO Youth program yielded ‘statistically significant gains’ among participants including measurable change in their behavioral intentions regarding abstinence and knowledge of the negative consequences of sexual activity before marriage, risk of sexual activity after alcohol/drug use and perceptions of teen pregnancy.”
We also have the privilege of serving as the lead administrative partner for the Ohio Department of Health Abstinence Education grant in the Northwest Ohio Region. Our collaboration of youth-serving organizations are collectively reaching tens of thousands of students aged 11-18 in Northwest Ohio. Our partners focus on risk avoidance to equip youth with the skills and information to abstain from drugs, alcohol, sex until marriage, and other risky behaviors.