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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Winter Vegetable Fried Rice

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Chef Tatiana will be showing us a fried rice recipe using winter vegetables. In this recipe, Chef Tatiana is using broccoli, cabbage, and carrots. This is a great way to…

Food Justice is Racial Justice

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Dear Community, Today, and every day, The Sylvia Center works to empower students, families, and communities to take control of their health and wellbeing. The communities we serve often face…

Intern Spotlight: Rajvi Sheth

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Rajvi Sheth was born and raised in Mumbai, India and received a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Mumbai. Rajvi is currently a graduate student at Russell…