Continuing Education at Home

By April 16, 2020May 3rd, 2024Archive

With schools remaining closed, the Sylvia Center can help your family turn your kitchen into a classroom. Below, learn new and engaging ways to bring STEAM education to your kids!

Dear Sylvia Center Community,

Distance learning is hard. I know. I’m the mother of a third grader and it is a lot to keep my daughter on track with her schoolwork while everyone is at home. What I’ve found is that cooking together isn’t just ‘one more activity’ that keeps her occupied, it is THE activity that extends her learning into the real world (especially fractions) and helps us reconnect after a long day of multitasking…all while getting that meal on the table for dinner.

That’s why we are working hard to provide free, fun, and educational lessons to our communities.

Our incredible teaching staff is turning our curriculum into online video tutorials for our students, and their families. Each lesson teaches young people both the hard skills – chopping, slicing, sautéing, broiling – as well as the soft skills – setting up your workspace, following a recipe, teamwork – of the kitchen. This model is a fun and unique way to promote STEAM education at home!

Additionally, our Teen Culinary Apprenticeship has also shifted to a virtual model. Our online content includes opportunities for teens to learn foundational culinary skills, as well as opportunities to participate in food industry-related professional development opportunities, now being hosted online.

We’re here to support families – both kids and parents – and will continue to provide new online lessons and learning opportunities for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

Visit our website for at-home educational lessons – including pantry-staple recipes, activities, and video cooking tutorials for families with kids of all ages – or to make a donation.

In solidarity,

Jennifer John
Executive Director


Recipe + Activity of the Week

This week, we try our hand at our Sweetest Scone Experiment!

Along with Chef Selina, you’ll make scones using different sweeteners and learn the difference between processed and natural sugars and how they affect the quality of baked goods.

Visit our website for our Oatmeal Scone recipe and our full experiment lesson!




Helping Hospital and Healthcare Workers

In response to the incredible challenges our hospitals and healthcare centers are facing, we launched the Fresh Meal Fund with our friends at Great Performances to deliver delicious, fresh, and nourishing meals to nurses, doctors, and critical staff working at hospitals throughout New York City.

We have seen incredible generosity from all types of donors – companies, foundations, and individuals like you. With their support, we’ve been able to deliver thousands of meals to hospitals in every borough. A special thank you to our friends at FOODMatch and the Russell Berrie Foundation for their leading support.

Lastly, we are tremendously grateful to The Blackstone Group for their extraordinary gift of 41,000 meals. Together, we can provide fresh, delicious, and healthy meals to our heroes on the frontlines.

Visit our donation page to learn more and make your gift today!


Looking Ahead


Upcoming Video Tutorials

  • Chef Doreece Dyer teaches how to make Vegetable Stock
  • Chef Theresa Morelli makes Fritatas
  • Earth Day Activities
  • Chef Doreece Dyer makes Chili
  • Chef Theresa Morelli makes Compost Cookies
  • and more!


As a friend to the Sylvia Center, you can help us continue to support our mission by supporting our work today, and ensuring we can re-open our in-person programs stronger than ever.

Make a Donation Today!