We’re growing a community of healthy eaters — and it starts with teaching young people how to cook.

The Sylvia Center is a nutrition education and youth development organization that works in high-need, high-potential communities to show young people how to establish healthy habits that lead to happier and more productive lives.

In community kitchens across New York City and Columbia County, students learn what it takes to prepare nutritious meals on a daily basis. By learning practical skills, working together as a team, and becoming more open to trying new things, our students gain confidence knowing they can do something that’s good for themselves now, and the future.

For our older students, we connect this work to real opportunities in the local food system – building connections to potential careers in restaurants, entrepreneurship and food justice. We believe that we can grow a more equitable food system by engaging youth as advocates for nutritious food in their own communities and by connecting them to real opportunities for their future.

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Spicy Peaches and Avocado Salad

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This post was written by Liani Astacio, Communications Intern at The Sylvia Center and Prep for Prep scholar. In West Brighton’s class, in a “Healthy Fats” themed class, students learned…

Intern Spotlight: Liani Astacio

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Liani Astacio is a scholar of Prep for Prep’s Contingent XXXV and a rising senior at The Chapin School. She was born and raised in Queens, and currently lives in…

Peach Blueberry Hand Pies

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If you are brave enough to turn on your oven in this sweltering heat, these hand pies are the perfect summer dessert or in-between-meal snack! The crust is wondrously flakey…