What is TYRO?

TYRO is the award-winning program written by the Founders of The RIDGE Project, Ron & Catherine Tijerina.


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TYRO was created from the Tijerina family’s personal experience with welfare and incarceration. TYRO attacks the culture of entitlement and empowers individuals to reinvent themselves.

The main programs that TYRO offers is: TYRO Dads,  TYRO Leadership, Couple Communication® and TYRO Job Ethics Training (JET). 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 of poverty, incarceration, and dependency.


Strengthening families to overcome life’s struggles by providing evidence-based programs that transform the individual and empower participants to live a life of honor, integrity and promise. 


Our programs are research-driven and evidence-based. These programs walk participants through self-discovery and empower individuals to be leaders in their families, communities and workplaces. See Research.


TYRO empowers individuals to reinvent themselves. Incarcerated TYROs have had a 19.6% Recidivism Rate after three years, 97% report a strong commitment to fatherhood, and 90% report a strong feeling of hopefulness for the future

“This amazing program is uniquely qualified to offer a way to create dignity, motivation and responsibility for both individuals and families. Ron and Cathy’s story of triumph and restoration is one of the most inspirational accounts you will ever hear.”

 –  Cossette Bowles

Director, Anthem Strong Families 

“The RIDGE Project sees that we have redeeming qualities within us and their goals are to reach inside of us and pull those redeeming qualities out of us so we can go forward, day by day, reflecting the values of a real man.”

–  TYRO Dad

Ohio TYRO Participant

“Your children are going to learn about you… what type of legacy do you want to leave them? Do you want them to look at you as a man of integrity? A man they want to be like? Then you have to live it.”

–  TYRO Dad

Ohio TYRO Participant