building a legacy of strong families

The RIDGE Project

Within prison walls, your community, across the street and throughout the world, we are keeping families together.


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about the ridge project

Building a legacy of Strong Families

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!  

Our Mission

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

featured programs

Award-Winning Programs

TYRO Youth

In TYRO Youth, adolescents participate in award-winning programs. These include writing their autobiography, Vision Board, Mission Statement and Family Crest. During the class, the students learned self-control and complete a Fast.

After completion , participants receive a certificate and have earned the right to be called “TYRO”. This program is being used in schools, juvenille centers, youth groups and youth camps.

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tyro dads

This character development program focuses on the family by Breaking Cycles of Incarceration and  Connecting Prisoners with Their Families.

TYRO has become an international brand 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.

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tyro leadership

TYRO Leadership is a nationally known and award-winning curriculum that equips participants to achieve their highest potential.

TYRO teaches participants responsibility, and prepares participants to live a life of honor and integrity.  Through TYRO Participants increase their emotional intelligence, self-image and how they view their relationships.

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Our founders, Ron and Cathy Tijerina are passionate about building strong families. Join them on social media to:

Be better communicators

Improve talking and listening skills

Seek collaborative conflict resolution and manage anger

Build satisfying relationships with family, friends, and coworkers

about the founders

Our Mission

Founded by Ron & Catherine Tijerina in 2000, The RIDGE Project is a Christian, non-profit organization dedicated to empowering generational responsibility in individuals and improving the lives of families throughout the state of Ohio. Our organization believes that strong families produce strong children, who will pass on that legacy of strength to future generations. 

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We Are Hiring!

Youth Program Facilitator

About us –  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. Apply Now

restoring families and communities

Real Outcomes


3-year Recidivism rate


Commitment to fatherhood


hope for the future


Evidence Based

researched and evaluated 

TYRO restores families, reduces recidivism for incarcerated individuals, and equips men and women with job-readiness skills. Our programs attack the culture of entitlement and empowers individuals to reinvent themselves.