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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The Ultimate Comfort Food: Teff Brownies

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The Sylvia Center often focuses on whole grains in our recipes, yet we forget about flavor. Many children and adults are hesitant to try whole grains, especially in baked goods….

Root Vegetable Slaw With Peanut Dressing

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Thanks to plant-based proteins, we can make healthy choices every day by reducing the amount of meat in our diet. Minimizing meat consumption can have a positive impact on our…

A Whole Latke Love From Williamsburg Community Center

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The 10th Annual Latke Festival is right around the corner and our Sylvia Center students are ready to compete for the title of Best Latke! Our Cooks for Health students…