City Programs

Young Chefs Culinary Program

In the Young Chefs Program (ages 7-13) students learn basic cooking skills including knife skills, sautéing, roasting, and the basics of baking. The curriculum focuses on seasonal ingredients, and the importance of eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, as well as whole grains. During each session, our chef instructors teach young cooks how to prepare two dishes—one savory and one sweet—affordable, healthy, easily replicable recipes with seasonal ingredients.

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Teen Chef: Skills for Life Culinary Program

The Skills for Life Program (ages 13-18) focuses on and how to cook fresh, simple plant based meals from scratch and provides a basic professional culinary foundation. Students learn how to set up a work station, the code of rules chefs have in the kitchen, how to handle a knife, and how to handle fresh produce. The curriculum focuses on ways to make favorite foods healthier, how to maximize time and money when cooking, and how to work together as a team.

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Cooking Together: Family Cooking Program

The Cooking Together Program focuses on cost effective, practical, and healthy recipes while providing a wonderful opportunity for families to cook and eat a meal together. The children are Young Chef Program graduates and are able to share their culinary expertise with their families during class. Participants learn time and cost saving techniques, such as batch cooking, as well as ways to incorporate more vegetables into family-friendly meals.

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ExpandED Apprenticeship Program

In the ExpandED Apprenticeship Program, students develop high-level culinary skills and learn to prepare healthy recipes from diverse cuisines. In addition to learning culinary skills, student learn about current food systems issues through a tailored curriculum developed by The Sylvia Center. After completing the 60-hour apprenticeship, students are placed in jobs at after-school programs and summer camps to teach healthy cooking classes to young children.

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Green City Force Farm Food Educator Program

The Sylvia Center works with Green City Force, a green job service corps organization that works with NYCHA young adults. The Green City Force teams build out and manage urban farms on NYCHA property in Red Hook, Canarsie, Brownsville, and East Harlem where they grow produce for residents in the NYCHA community. The Green City Force Farm Food Educator Program focuses on utilizing the farm produce and preparing students to conduct cooking demos to share their knowledge and skills with the surrounding community.

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2016 Program Sites

Children’s Village at Drew Hamilton Community Center

West Harlem Graham Windham at the Manhattanville Community Center, West Harlem

Grand Street Settlement at the Grand Street Community Center, Lower East Side

Eastside Settlement at the Mitchel Community Center, Mott Haven

Bronx Kipp’s Bay Boys & Girls Club at the Throgg’s Neck Community Center, Throgg’s Neck, Bronx

Good Shepherd at the Red Hook Miccio Community Center, Red Hook

Brooklyn Grand Street Settlement at the Williamsburg Community Center, Bushwick, Brooklyn

CAMBA at the Boulevard Community Center, East New York

Brooklyn Riis Settlement at Riis Settlement Community Center, Long Island City, Queens

United Activities Unlimited at West Brighton Community Center, West Brighton, Staten Island