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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.

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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April 21, 2018 in Blog, On the farm, Recipes

Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers

These smoky black bean beet burgers feature beans, quinoa, mushrooms and beets that, together, create an extremely satisfying dish. Protein is usually the “star” of any dish, and often times…

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April 17, 2018 in Blog, Chef Spotlight, In the City, Open Kitchen Open Doors, Teens

In the Kitchen with the Executive Chefs of Quality Meats, NYC

The Teen Apprenticeship program is in full swing at The Sylvia Center. With over 20 weeks of training and practice this school year, our teens are learning the basics of…

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April 12, 2018 in Blog, In the City, News

Cooking as a Weapon Against Disease: A Story from A Sylvia Center Supporter

Because of our supporters, more youth and teens in New York are cooking together and building healthy habits to last a lifetime.  Today, we share Laura Kern Hennessey’s story:   What…

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