Plaza de la Raza’s programs for youth include:
- CDD Classes: Free beginning-level arts recreation activities available to students (ages 5-18) who meet poverty, very low and low-income requirements and reside within designated areas set forth by the City of Los Angeles. Weekly classes include group instruction in various forms of dance, music, theatre and visual art.
- Conservatory Classes: Designed to provide intermediate through advanced-level arts recreation activities to talented students in all disciplines. These classes are available to students from throughout the greater Los Angeles area for a nominal registration fee.
- Student Mariachi Program : Students of all ages explore the rich musical tradition of Mexico in group classes led by a team of well-trained and highly qualified mariachi instructors. Bi-weekly classes are offered in guitar, guitarrón (bass guitar), vihuela, trumpet, violin and voice.
- Plaza Cultural Ambassadors Program: Opportunities for students to perform in public. Plaza’s Folklórico Dance Troupe, Latin Jazz Ensemble, Mariachi Musicians, and Salsa Band are groups of young musicians who represent the nonprofit and perform at dozens of community venues and events every year. Each group consists of intermediate and advanced-level performing arts students from Plaza de la Raza who perform at dozens of community venues and events throughout Los Angeles each year.
- Recitals, Exhibitions and Open House: Throughout each year, Plaza hosts several student performances including the Spring Dance Recital, Student Art Exhibition, Music Recital and Youth Theatre Production. All events are free to the public.
- Family Program: In order to provide arts and recreation activities to all members of the community, Plaza also offers after-work courses to adults in all disciplines. A special Family Plan is made available at a discounted rate to enable all family members to participate together in Plaza’s recreational programs.
Additional intermediate and advanced theatre and music classes are also offered as a part of the Community Arts Partnership (CAP) with the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts), established in 1990. Plaza has met its goals and sustained its programs through the endeavors of such partners, by offering modest to low fees that generate earned income, and through the support of public and private funding. Artists in all disciplines give of their time beyond the classroom for recitals or exhibitions and performances, and a cadre of parents volunteer and contribute to Plaza’s ability to maintain its programs. Recent years have seen less resources, so developing and implementing new strategies to sustain Plaza’s programs and services is a priority for the board and staff.