Within Prison Walls, Your Community, Across the Street and Throughout the World WE ARE KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

Who We Are

At The RIDGE Project, we believe strong families produce strong and healthy children who will then pass that legacy on to future generations.  We are in the business of rescuing families who others have deemed disposable.  No family is ever disposable!  Read more…

Our Mission

"To Lead Families Into a Future Defined by Hope, Peace, and Righteousness for Generations to Come."

Our Programs

Based on the Tijerina family’s personal experience with welfare and incarceration (in and out of prison), TYRO was created out of Ron and Cathy Tijerina’s journey to overcome impossible odds and succeed as a Family.  

The courses are designed to equip individuals with the life skills they need to be responsible parents and partners, better communicators, reliable employees, and positive role models. TYRO is a holistic, multi-faceted character-building program, designed to strengthen individuals and families. The word TYRO is Latin, meaning novice, apprentice, or someone learning something new. It teaches participants how to overcome destructive generational cycles that oftentimes tear families apart and keep individuals stuck in patterns of defeat.

TYRO Youth is a 51-hour course taught over a school year or localized to fit specific demographics.

In order to complete TYRO Youth, participants must complete a 10-page autobiography, Vision Board, Mission Statement, Family Crest, and complete a Fast from something holding them back during the duration of the class.

After completion of the program, participants receive a completion certificate and have earned the right to be called “TYRO”.

TYRO is a character development program focused on the family.

Breaking Cycles of Incarceration by Connecting Prisoners with Their Families.

TYRO now has become an international organization that to equips individuals, institutions and organizations with skills they need to be responsible parents and partners, better communicators, reliable employees, and positive role models.

TYRO Leadership is a nationally known and award-winning curriculum designed to equip participants with the skills necessary to achieve their highest potential.

This intensive character development program teaches participants to own responsibility for their actions, and prepares them to live a life of honor and integrity. 

Upon successful completion, participants have a significant increase in emotional intelligence and reported a marked improvement in how they view themselves and their relationships.

  • Be better communicators
  • Improve talking and listening skills
  • Seek collaborative conflict resolution and manage anger
  • Build satisfying relationships with family, friends, and coworkers

Join Us - 3 Day Event

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We are excited to announce our 3-Day TYRO Dads event that will be taking place in Franklin County and STREAMED to your location! This event will take place on August 18th -20th at CrossLink Community Church in Grove City, Oh. Join us in person or participate through our LIVE Stream. This event will be an accelerated version of our award-winning TYRO Dads program. Our TYRO Dads program has a two-fold impact. First, it empowers fathers to break the cycles of destruction that has plagued their lives and families. Secondly, it strengthens men to overcome life’s struggles and reentry obstacles by connecting participants with a case manager who will support them along their journey of self-improvement and employment.

Cofounders, Ron and Cathy Tijerina, will be the ones facilitating this first-ever fantastic 3-day event. Ron and Cathy are the founders and executive directors of The RIDGE Project, Inc. Together, they have created the TYRO Dads curriculum, which attacks the culture of entitlement, incarceration, and cycles of generational poverty that fragment family and destroys legacies. Their work in the Ohio prison system and across the nation has strengthened thousands of families impacted by incarceration. Ron and Cathy are dynamic instructors that attract attention and motivate change within their audience.

Please click the link below to fill out the application for this event. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. The application must be filled out by August 15th

You do not want to miss this event! The benefits are long-lasting, the engagement unparalleled, and the prizes are enticing.

  • Breakfast and lunch will be included
  • Prizes like, ipads, gear, and gas cards will be given away
  • Job fair/job resources will be onsite.
  • Become a TYRO and be a part of the Alumni Community
  • An assigned Caseworker to help you navigate services
  • Fatherhood and Leadership Skills
  • Employment information from Job fair/resources
  • Potential Pre-hire letters for CDL School
  • Several job resources and connections

*The application must be filled out by August 15th http://theridgeproject.com/application/

TYRO Talks - 3rd Wednesday of each month @2pm

Every DONATION Helps Families!

We are excited to announce our  monthly TYRO Talks, hosted by our very own, Ron & Cathy!

Join us as we connect TYROs everywhere to share words of hope and encouragement during this very challenging time.

Our next TYRO Talks will feature conversation from Ohio’s Secretary of State, Frank LaRose, an update from the Winners Circle of our recent TEP event.

Special Spotlight: TYRO Beretta Wilford

Celebrate with Us, LIVE, the 3rd Wednesday of each month, here on zoom or  here on facebook!

Serving thousands in prisons

The Evidence

TYRO restores families, reduce recidivism for incarcerated individuals, and equip men and women with job-readiness skills. The programs attacks the culture of entitlement and empowers individuals to reinvent themselves.

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Hopefulness for the Future

Celebrate Family

We are addicted to our thoughts

We cannot change anything if we cannot change our thinking

Leading Families Into A Future of Hope & Peace

" I love The Ridge Project and all they stand for. Each staff member I have met was not only kind but motivated and believe in their mission. I am beyond grateful that organizations like theirs exist to make the future a better place..."
"The Ridge Project helped me out in more ways than I can express. I am very proud to say I am a man worth following to several people: a special thank you to: Brad, Japhet, Ron and Catherine, I am proud to be a Tyro/Warrior..."
" I am a Tyro! During one of the toughest times in my life, a time of great setback, disappointment, disaster, and discouragement the Tyro family came along side me, brought me in, and made me a part of something bigger..."
"I came a long way from making bad choices for worst out comes to having the life that i always dreamed of. When I wanted to give up the program helped me make better choices for myself and better a relationship with my Children..."
Such an amazing thing you guys do, really gives family hope. And its nice to know there are such good people who stand behind our inmates and faith in them, also keeping them with high hopes. Keep up the amazing work you do!!!

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TYRO's One Minute MOTTO

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