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Riverside Plaza Tenant Association (RPTA) has been operating for the benefit of the Cedar Riverside community since 1986.

What We Do:

RPTA provide advocacy services for tenants and services of ESL adults and youth in the community. RPTA provides various community services supporting people in obtaining employment, including Adult Basic Education classes, work readiness training, workforce training, understanding and completing health and employment forms, providing food assistance, acting as a liaison between landlord and ESL tenants and more. RPTA also provides youth enrichment programs that provide tutoring, homework help, youth mentoring, youth leadership activities, drug & violence awareness workshops, environmental education and more. The youth programs seek to stem community crime and violence through fostering positive relationships with responsible and healthy adults as well as provide youth and young adults with opportunities for leadership training, mentoring, and hands-on learning through activities and field trips.

RPTA has been providing IT career training classes for several years. This program allows students to obtain the training they need to enter the IT career field. The program is continuously being improved upon to reflect current job markets and demands. Students are supported through classroom training, support from instructors, certification tests, and hands-on learning opportunities. Students also receive support to prepare them for resume writing, job interviews and more. Recently, RPTA has found another partner to also allow us to provide training for entry health care jobs as well.

RPTA also now has a Youthbuild program which prepares Minnesota's young people, ages 16-24, for high demand, living wage careers. The Youthbuild program also focuses on supporting struggling youth and young adults successfully complete their high school education and/or obtain a GED while they are in the Youthbuild program. Through work readiness training and credentialed pre-apprenticeship training while building affordable housing, Youthbuild offers employers young workers vetted for their work ethic, maturity, safety practices, and occupational skills. In addition, the Youthbuild Plus component offers youth credentialed training in health care, advanced manufacturing, automotive, IT, and Arborist tree care. Youthbuild also offers system-involved youth intensive one- on-one guidance, support, and mentoring to transform their personal and work lives.

Programs & Services 

Empowering the Youth

  • Youth Coaching/Counseling
  • Professional Development
  • Education/Training
  • After school Meals & Summer food program
  • Connections to resources

Residents Advocacy & Referrals

  • Education on government systems
  • Benefit Access assistance
  • Civic Education
  • Housing assistance
  • Immigration Issues

Career Pathways

  • IT Training:
    • System Analyst
    • Network Technician
    • Network Engineer
    • Help Desk Technician
  • IT Certifications:
    • Cisco CCNA
    • A+
    • Active Directory
    • Network+


  • After school instruction
  • Homework help
  • Standard Test Prep

Small Business Training

  • Training classes
  • Sewing Lesson
  • Business Ownership training

Community Programs

  • Art & Literature
  • Environmental Education/Enhancement

Job placement assistance

  • Workforce training
  • IT field careers
  • Youth & Adult employment connections
  • Hands-on training

Sport Programs

  • Soccer
  • Basket ball
  • And other Youth activities