The Sylvia Center is a part of a movement to develop the next generation of healthy eaters, cooks, and advocates that can fundamentally change the future of food.
We empower our students to take control of their health, provide them with a toolkit of life skills, and encourage them to become healthy food advocates within their communities.
Meet our amazing team of chefs and educators who are passionate about inspiring young people to eat well.
The Sylvia Center was founded in 2007 by Liz Neumark, CEO of Great Performances, in memory of her daughter, Sylvia. The mission of The Sylvia Center is to inspire young people and their families to establish independent, healthy eating habits — so that they may lead healthy and productive lives.
Through our direct service culinary and nutrition programs in all five boroughs of New York City and in Columbia County, young people learn what fresh food is, how delicious it tastes, and how to prepare nutritious meals on a daily basis. Over the last decade, The Sylvia Center has made a tremendous impact in all five boroughs of New York City, and in schools across Columbia County — serving more than 30,000 since it began in 2007.