Young Chefs Culinary Program
In the Young Chefs Program (ages 7-13) students learn basic cooking skills including knife skills, sautéing, roasting, and the basics of baking. The curriculum focuses on seasonal ingredients, and the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. During each session, our chef instructors teach young cooks how to prepare two dishes—one savory and one sweet—affordable, healthy, easily replicable recipes with seasonal ingredients.
Teen Chef: Skills for Life Culinary Program
The Skills for Life Program (ages 13-18) focuses on and how to cook fresh, simple plant based meals from scratch and provides a basic professional culinary foundation. Students learn how to set up a work station, the code of rules chefs have in the kitchen, how to handle a knife, and how to handle fresh produce. The curriculum focuses on ways to make favorite foods healthier, how to maximize time and money when cooking, and how to work together as a team.
Cooking Together: Family Cooking Program
The Cooking Together Program focuses on cost effective, practical, and healthy recipes while providing a wonderful opportunity for families to cook and eat a meal together. The children are Young Chef Program graduates and are able to share their culinary expertise with their families during class. Participants learn time and cost saving techniques, such as batch cooking, as well as ways to incorporate more vegetables into family-friendly meals.
ExpandED Apprenticeship Program
In the ExpandED Apprenticeship Program, students develop high-level culinary skills and learn to prepare healthy recipes from diverse cuisines. In addition to learning culinary skills, student learn about current food systems issues through a tailored curriculum developed by The Sylvia Center. After completing the 60-hour apprenticeship, students are placed in jobs at after-school programs and summer camps to teach healthy cooking classes to young children.
Green City Force Farm Food Educator Program
The Sylvia Center works with Green City Force, a green job service corps organization that works with NYCHA young adults. The Green City Force teams build out and manage urban farms on NYCHA property in Red Hook, Canarsie, Brownsville, and East Harlem where they grow produce for residents in the NYCHA community. The Green City Force Farm Food Educator Program focuses on utilizing the farm produce and preparing students to conduct cooking demos to share their knowledge and skills with the surrounding community.request more information
2016 Program Sites
Children’s Village at Drew Hamilton Community Center
West Harlem Graham Windham at the Manhattanville Community Center, West Harlem
Grand Street Settlement at the Grand Street Community Center, Lower East Side
Eastside Settlement at the Mitchel Community Center, Mott Haven
Bronx Kipp’s Bay Boys & Girls Club at the Throgg’s Neck Community Center, Throgg’s Neck, Bronx
Good Shepherd at the Red Hook Miccio Community Center, Red Hook
Brooklyn Grand Street Settlement at the Williamsburg Community Center, Bushwick, Brooklyn
CAMBA at the Boulevard Community Center, East New York
Brooklyn Riis Settlement at Riis Settlement Community Center, Long Island City, Queens
United Activities Unlimited at West Brighton Community Center, West Brighton, Staten Island