RICE is a community/neighborhood development component of AMA. Additionally, this division includes Economic Development opportunities, Financial Support services, and Ramen Ya transitional housing.


Economic Development Financial Support Services Ramen Ya

Economic Development – Pan Asian Cultural/Economic District (PACD)

Since 2004, Asian Media Access has been playing a prominent role in facilitating neighborhood re-development and consolidating community leadership in North Minneapolis areas. Asian Media Access has innovatively channeled oversea investments to area development projects, known as Pan Asian Cultural/Economic District (PACD) in North Minneapolis. Under R.I.C.E. banner, AMA has developed/supported the following neighborhood development projects:

2012 – present – Asian Media Access is working with the Multi Cultural Community Alliance (MCCA) Coalition to establish a Twin Cities Regional Center (www.tcrc-mn.org) to channel oversea investment through EB 5 federal program to support the organized development projects. The proposed Twin Cities Regional Center (TCRC) will cultivate private foreign capital to create a Global Cultural and Technology District and finance the development of 21st Century jobs and training. The first phase focuses on two initiatives:

  • The Pan Asian Cultural/Economic District (PACD) includes a to-be-built / multiple building complex featuring a hands-on experiential children museum, performance, exhibition, and production facilities; a performing arts school; Asian clothing and costume manufacturing; film production; and new Pan Asian retail stores.
  • The Global Food Corridor includes an urban agricultural technology campus with training in culinary arts, food sciences, and horticulture; hydroponics; food processing facilities; global food markets; scattered gardens; and inspired world-cuisine restaurants.

These combined initiatives will rebuild the food and cultural infrastructure in North Minneapolis. More importantly this collaboration promotes alliances between our Pan Asian, African American, and Pan African communities while creating 300+ neighborhood-based jobs during the first 5 years. After stabilizing the first phase of investments in North Minneapolis, TCRC will create similar economic clusters in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhoods.

  • 2012 – present – Asian Media Access is working to develop the empty lots next to the Multimedia Arts Complex for expansion with Computer Labs; Gallery; Multimedia Production Rooms; and Multipurpose Gym.
  • 2011 – present – Supporting the outreach for the Minneapolis Riverfront Development Initiative, a 20-year vision for Mississippi riverfront parks that builds to connect North Minneapolis’ rich river heritage and passion for parks, nature and wildlife to create places on “America’s fourth coast” where neighborhoods and businesses can grow and people from near and far can experience one of the four great rivers of the world through world-class recreational and cultural activities.
  • 2010 – present – Bottineau Light Rail project, supporting outreach effort to North Minneapolis Asian American community, to secure the route though Penn Corridor.
  • 2006 – present – Supporting the St Paul Asian Pacific Community Center (APCC) project has successfully landed $375,000 federal appropriation money to support the per-development stage, and purchase the vacant brewer building for further development into a community center. The project has secured the both house and senate bonding bill appropriate at pervious legislature session, but was vetoed by the Governor. AMA will continue to seek funding for the Community Center.
  • 2004 – 2009 Asian Media Access successfully developed a church abandoned building into neighborhood arts center – Multimedia Arts Complex, raised $750,000+ renovation money.
Financial Support Services

Asian Media Access is the designated agency to enroll eligible members into Minnesota’s statewide Individual Development Account (IDA) program through Family Assets for Independence in Minnesota (FAIM). The plan is designed to build assets in the form of home ownership, post-secondary education, and small business ownership.

The way it works is each person will open up a savings account (will be a new account with the Bremer Bank, our partnering bank), and will have to save $960 total in 2 years time, you will then be matched 3 to 1, $2,880 at the completion of your commitment. You can then withdraw a total of $3840 plus interests to a qualified agency (such as: school for tuition, business to buy a car or home mortgage company). You can not withdraw to pay to yourself. You can download a brochure here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/76001742/FAIMNewBrochure.pdf
Participants must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Have earned income at the time of enrollment
  • Be a resident of Minnesota at time of participation in FAIM
  • Have assets of $10,000 or less
  • Deposit savings from earned income
  • Have combined income at or below 200% of poverty (please check current rate through FAIM website)

Participant’s income and assets may increase or decrease after entrance into the FAIM program.
Download the application forms here in a zip file: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/76001742/FAIM%20Application.zip

Please feel free to contact AMA for enrollment or any further questions.

Ramen Ya (Noodle House) Shelter

The Ramen Ya (Noodle House) transitional housing supports 4 beds for runaway and homeless girls with safe and dignified living, up to 24 months. Ramen Ya assists homeless youth ages 18 and up, with up to 18 months of housing and skill development as part of a comprehensive program to help youth transition to adulthood. Ramen Ya supports training and counseling services that prepare our young people for independent livings; and offers 4 Transitional Living Housing beds for runaway and homeless Asian American & Pacific Islanders (AAPI) girls, for a safe, dignified living. Ramen Ya creates a nurturing environment of safety, equality, and self-respect for all youth, and provides a wide range of culturally and linguistically appropriate services reflect the youth’s needs, and allows flexibility for the youth to choose the course of action that is best for them.


  • On-going Individual In-take/Assessment/Case Management
  • Weekly One-on-One Counseling (including: education, employment, life skill development, family re-unification and permanent housing arrangement)
  • Placement of educational and employment opportunities
  • After successfully completion of the program, a 3-month follow-up After Care plan will be provided to the youth


  • 3 Meals and Sleeping Quarter Provided
  • “What About Us” support group
  • Providing Transportation and Mentorship Opportunity
  • Resource Library


  • Independent Living Skills
  • Job Seeking Skills
  • Multi-media and Technology


  • County’s and State’s Support Services
  • Health/Mental Health Assessment/Treatment
  • Substance Abuse Assessment/Treatment
  • Supportive and Permanent Housing Referral


  • On-going Community, School, Street Outreach
  • On-going Development of Runaway and Homelessness Prevention Materials, including web site, educational poster, postcards, etc.
  • On-going Advocacy Activities among community, to increase youth’s connection with families and community