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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Peach Tomato Salsa Recipe

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We are starting to see the bountiful gifts of our fruit trees in the Northeast. Farmstands are packed with bushels of goods from the fields and one seasonal crop that…

Philmont Teens Pickle Campaign

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Our teens’ internship at Philmont studied how to make a complete product from start to finish. For their independent study, they worked on a marketing campaign to understand how to…

Socca (Chickpea Crepes) with Caprese Salad

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This summer, Cooks for Health programs across New York City received their in-class pancake passport and sampled pancakes from around the world. A trip to Italy meant a taste of…