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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10th Annual Latke Festival

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The 10th Annual Latke Festival celebrated the many joys of the potato pancake on Monday, December 3rd. Hosted in the beautiful pavilion of the Brooklyn Museum and benefitting The Sylvia…

Ramen Noodles with Sautéed Vegetables & Poached Egg

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This yummy dish is full of bold flavors sure to spice up your kitchen during this cold and chilly winter season. At the Sylvia Center, we made these delicious noodles…

Pie Shop at Williamsburg

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Students at the Williamsburg Community Center learned how to make individual rustic-style pies, both savory and sweet. And just in time for the holidays! This was a challenging, but satisfying,…