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.

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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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February 16, 2018 in Blog, On the farm, Recipes

Banana Crumb Muffin

Whether or not you’ve ever baked with them, we’ve all found ourselves with bananas that are past their prime, but their sweet taste and mushy texture are perfect for sweetening…

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February 14, 2018 in Blog, Chef Spotlight, In the City, Recipes

Vegan Stir-Fried Udon Noodles

Vegan Stir-Fried Udon Noodles yields 4 servings   Ingredients 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 cup julienned onion 1 cup julienned red pepper 1 cup julienned green pepper 1…

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February 14, 2018 in Blog, Chef Spotlight, In the City, Recipes

Learning Healthy Alternatives: NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, Celiac Disease Program and The Sylvia Center

Through a partnership with NYU's Hospital for Joint Diseases and the Celiac Disease Program, The Sylvia Center teaches cooking classes to young people and their families who are affected by... Read More