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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Homemade Biscuits

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‘Tis the season for baby showers, wedding showers and barbeques. If you need to bring an item to pass at your next party, go for these biscuits, perfect for special…

CHICKEN AND CABBAGE STIR FRY

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Ahh cabbage… most well known for being paired with corned beef for St. Patrick’s Day and then forgotten about for the rest of the year. Or maybe it’s better known…

Meet Jomille Jerez

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A letter from Jomille, one of 30 students from the Bronx and Brooklyn currently enrolled in our Teen Culinary Apprenticeship. Imagine being part of a community that usually eats junk…