Our mission is to open new possibilities for young people by increasing knowledge of and desire for healthy foods. Every child and adolescent, regardless of income, should have access to healthy meals and be able to achieve their maximum potential.
The Sylvia Center teaches young people how to cook. Our students learn critical life skills that build a foundation for a healthy life.
Nearly one in four young people in NYC, and one in six in Columbia County, live with food insecurity.
Learn the essential skills of the kitchen and nutrition
Understand how to make healthy meal choices
Grow their own taste for fresh fruits and vegetables
Adopt positive habits that impact lifelong health
Share what they’ve learned with their own community
Consume at least one sugary beverage daily
Are overweight or obese
Eat less than recommended daily serving of fruits and vegetables
Through our programs, young people learn essential skills in the kitchen and gain the confidence to make healthier choices now, and in the future. Young people are applying the skills they learn in our cooking classes to other areas of their life and becoming advocates for healthy communities.