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The Sylvia Center is on a mission to create communities of healthy eaters. Ready to join us? There are so many ways to get involved.


This year, The Sylvia Center taught over 3,500 young people and their families in New York City and Columbia County how to cook and love healthy food. Your support will help us reach even more youth, teens and family members.


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We welcome dedicated volunteers to work with us in the kitchen and classroom, to help out at special events, or to come to the farm for hands-on work days.

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We welcome dedicated, young professionals to help us achieve our mission and strengthen our reach and effectiveness through fundraising, volunteering, and building greater awareness about our programs.

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Our events are a wonderful opportunity to celebrate our students and supporters while growing future programs.

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April 21, 2018 in Blog, On the farm, Recipes

Smoky Black Bean Beet Burgers

These smoky black bean beet burgers feature beans, quinoa, mushrooms and beets that, together, create an extremely satisfying dish. Protein is usually the “star” of any dish, and often times…

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April 17, 2018 in Blog, Chef Spotlight, In the City, Open Kitchen Open Doors, Teens

In the Kitchen with the Executive Chefs of Quality Meats, NYC

The Teen Apprenticeship program is in full swing at The Sylvia Center. With over 20 weeks of training and practice this school year, our teens are learning the basics of…

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April 12, 2018 in Blog, In the City, News

Cooking as a Weapon Against Disease: A Story from A Sylvia Center Supporter

Because of our supporters, more youth and teens in New York are cooking together and building healthy habits to last a lifetime.  Today, we share Laura Kern Hennessey’s story:   What…

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