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We’re growing a community of healthy eaters — and it starts with teaching young people how to cook.

The Sylvia Center’s mission is to open new possibilities for more young people by increasing knowledge of and desire for healthy foods. We invite young people to build healthier lives by teaching them how to cook with healthy foods as a foundation. And we encourage them to share their new-found knowledge and skills with others.

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Students served since 2007

our impact


of students who complete the program will improve their diet by eating more vegetables on a regular basis


achieve significant improvement in self-efficacy in the kitchen


young people learn to cook with us every year — in New York City and Columbia County combined. 

read the latest from our blog

Chickpea Stew with Greens and Yogurt Flatbread Recipe

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Spiced Chickpea Stew Serves 4   Ingredients: 2 Tbsp olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced (or garlic scapes, sliced) 1 onion, diced 2-3 carrots, diced 1 (1-inch) piece ginger, finely…

Summer with The Sylvia Center

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Summer is in full bloom, and while our program sites remain closed, The Sylvia Center is continuing to evolve our digital learning platform with more opportunities for live cook-along classes…

Congratulations to 2020’s Teen Culinary Apprenticeship Graduates

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Congratulations to Teen Culinary Apprenticeship of 2020! We are extremely proud of all your hard work. Thank you Phil for the inspiring message and for supporting young people and their…