MAKING A CHANGE
IN THE LIFE
OF ONE YOUTH TODAY
an At-Risk Youth is an At-Risk Community
Congratulations to the Inaugural graduation Class of the
PRYDE Environmental Training & Workforce program
While lead poisoning caused by the water supply system in Flint, Michigan, elevated this issue into the national spotlight, lead poisoning has been a public health concern for decades. Water with high lead levels is only part of the problem. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) estimates, drinking water accounts for up to 20 percent of the human exposure to lead. The biggest source of lead exposure is lead-based paint found primarily in homes built before 1978, housing stock that is more prevalent in the Midwest and Northeast. Lead paint was not banned in the United States until 1978, and, therefore, homes built before then can pose a very real risk for lead exposure and poisoning.
Here in Cuyahoga County, 80 percent of the housing stock was built before 1978; in the City of Cleveland that share reaches nearly 90 percent. Though lead paint is no longer used in homes, it’s still present in older homes. Chipping and peeling paint and paint dust in these homes pose lead-exposure risks that have serious and irreversible consequences for children. Nationally, half a million children aged less than six have elevated blood-lead levels (5 micrograms per deciliter (μg/dL), according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). It is at this blood-lead level that the CDC recommends public health interventions. Yet, the CDC also cautions that “no safe blood lead level has been found in children.”
A map created by Ohio State's Kirwan Institute from department of health data shows predicted levels of lead poisoning in different census tracts in Cuyahoga County. The worst areas are on Cleveland's East Side and in East Cleveland, where one third or more children are likely poisoned by lead in some areas.
Lead is a cumulative toxicant that affects multiple body systems and is particularly harmful to young children.
Lead in the body is distributed to the brain, liver, kidney and bones. It is stored in the teeth and bones, where it accumulates over time. Human exposure is usually assessed through the measurement of lead in blood.
Lead in bone is released into blood during pregnancy and becomes a source of exposure to the developing fetus.
There is no known level of lead exposure that is considered safe.
Lead exposure is preventable.
Lead poisoning and health
Pictured from left to right:
Instructor-Pranava Crawl, Brittany Minor, Instructor Vincent Crawl, Richard Nelson, Jesse Maddox, Taisha Nelson, Andre Cole, Elizabeth Kennedy, Instructor Ernest Minor
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.
We know that strong partnerships create increased opportunity to positively impact our world. Our organization has achieved remarkable outcomes in the past 15 years. Now, we have the ability to take our successful model for social and generational change, and scale it in a way that allows us to impact every community across the country. We have reached this potential by integrating tomorrow’s technology into our programs today.
TYRO, the company's flagship suite of programs, was created and is based on the Tijerina family's personal experience with welfare and incarceration. It is comprised of three components:
Catherine and Ron Tijerina, Executive Directors of the RIDGE Project
Financial Empowerment Program
•Financial Checkup 101
This class will give you a quick overview of all the various financial options/decisions you may face throughout your life. Saving, budgeting, identity protection, using credit wisely, homeownership, investing options, and saving for college will all be covered.
•Budgeting & Saving Money
In this class, you will learn how to create a budgeting process that will work for you and get you on track to meet your own personal financial goals. You will learn how to save no matter your income level, amount of debt or fear of the process.
•Boost Your Credit Score
Credit can be your friend or enemy. You will learn what credit means, why it’s important, how to clean up bad credit and how to establish good credit in this class.
Each class is 30 minutes and has a specific topic. Classes do not need to be taken in any particular order, however, the more classes you take, the more financially fit you will become.
Empower U® is a Fifth Third Bank L.I.F.E. (Lives Improved through Financial Empowerment®) program for adults that is delivered in two ways: directly to our business clients as an offering for their employees and through community outreach in partnership with local non-profit and community development organizations.
P.R.Y.D.E. family grows with the addition of former 2x WBC-USNBC Heavyweight Champion Ray Austin's Youth Empowerment program
Cleveland, Ohio native Ray Austin adds his Ray Austin Youth Empowerment program the P.R.Y.D.E. program. Ray' partnership will be invaluable with his straight in the face style of mentoring while he conditions the body, spirit and minds of at-risk and high risk youth with the potential of doing great things when nurtured from the streets to the gym room, and from the gym room to the board room.
Fifth Third Bank's financial check-up program added to P.R.Y.D.E's Workforce Initiative
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