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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. 

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Reading a Food Label and Making Muesli

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Chef Assistant Eli shows us how to make Muesli, a popular breakfast dish from Switzerland that is healthy and easy to make. It consists of raw rolled oats, dried or…

How to sanitize your kitchen

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Chef Doreece shows us how to properly sanitize your kitchen. Deep cleaning and disinfecting your kitchen to remove grease and any bacteria helps us avoid food contamination and keeps us…

Theresa and Kaia Make Banana Bread

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  Making banana bread is a delicious way to use your overripe bananas. Join Theresa and Kaia on making this easy recipe! You can use a loaf pan or a…