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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Farm Dinner: Where Cooking Grows!

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Thank You for Attending Farm Dinner!  It was an amazing evening and we’re incredibly grateful to all of you who joined us on the farm. Thank you to our Co-Chairs,…

Teen Culinary Apprenticeship Graduation ’19

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Teen Culinary Apprentices’ celebrated their accomplishments with friends and family at FoodMatch. After 10 weeks of intensive nutrition education and learning culinary skills and techniques, they are prepared for the…

Spring Orzo Salad & Spinach Scape Pistou

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Garlic is a long-awaited crop that requires forethought and patience because it is one of the few crops we plant in the fall to overwinter in the ground. After waiting…