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

We focus on teaching cooking in underserved communities.

Why? Because for young people and families who are on a budget and want to eat healthy food in a regular way, there’s only one way to do it: learn to cook.


Our programs are designed as joyful, hands-on experiences with fresh, delicious, and whole foods to inspire students to establish healthy cooking and eating habits to last a lifetime.

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From city to farm

In underserved communities where processed, high-calorie foods are prevalent, and healthy, whole foods are scarce, The Sylvia Center provides essential programs that teach young people the skills they need to lead healthy, productive lives.

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December 13, 2017 in Blog, In the City, News, Recipes

Intern Spotlight: Lywana Dorzilor

Lywana Dorzilor was born in Saint Marc, Haiti and grew up in Harlem, New York.  As a junior at City College of New York, she is majoring in International Studies…

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December 12, 2017 in Blog, On the farm, Recipes

Curried Winter Squash Soup

Need more creative ideas for cooking with squash this winter? Look no further than this curried winter squash soup. The sweetness of the apples and squash are complemented by the…

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December 5, 2017 in Blog, News, Recipes

Stories and Recipes from The Sylvia Center

Some of our students, inspired by their experiences in the kitchen, have become chef instructors in the same communities where they live. Other students have changed their own eating habits…

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