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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Butternut Squash & Coconut Curry Soup

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Our ‘Cooks for Health’ family class in Hudson, NY made a sweet and savory vegetable soup filled with rich, complex flavors. This was an opportunity to practice recently learned skills…

The Sylvia Center Latke: “Latke-purria”

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Join us in celebration of the delectable versatility of the potato pancake at the 10th Annual Latke Festival, one of the city’s most deliciously fun holiday events! Watch our students compete for the title…

Celebrate #GivingTuesday

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It is #GivingTuesday and we are reaching out to our friends and family! Support our mission to improve the health of children and teens in New York City and Columbia County,…