Prepare the future generation for success 🙌🌟

By December 15, 2022May 3rd, 2024Blog
Young people making healthy food

“The Sylvia Center made eating healthy, and delicious. It encouraged students to try new things, and it helped prepare us for working with kids. I’m excited for the things to come.”

-Rita, Teen Culinary Apprenticeship program alumna

Dear Friend

Rita, and the other 145 motivated high school students who graduated from the Teen Culinary Apprenticeship (TCA), are the next generation of healthy food advocates. They participate in a 16-week intensive course, where students chop, sauté, build confidence, learn how to make healthy food choices, and eat their way through the kitchen. This prepares them to teach cooking classes focused on healthy eating to youth ages 5-10 in summer camps throughout New York City.  

This past summer our TCA students, including Rita, taught more than 700 youth. It was a record-breaking year! We are so proud of the vital, and expanding role our students play in creating healthy change in their communities. 

Support healthy change in our community

The Sylvia Center programs are relevant now more than ever. The rates of obesity among middle and high school students have increased from 2012-2018 and studies show that programs supporting good nutrition, physical activity, and overall health positively impact youth (NYS Health Dept). Since the return to in person programming this past summer, The Sylvia Center has seen a 35% growth in students from pre-pandemic levels. 

We need your help continuing to create the next generation of leaders in food education, food access, and food equity. Donate today! 

Thank you for your generous support of our life-altering programs.

With gratitude, 

Barbara A. Glassman

P.S. Click here to see our teens in action!


Help us create impactful change.

$30,000 Teen Culinary Apprenticeship Sponsor

Supports 18 students to participate in the Teen Culinary Apprenticeship  

$9,500 Cooks for Health Advocate 

Supports 15-20 students to participate in a 6 week Cooks for Health program

$5,000 Cooks for Health Supporter 

Supports 10 students to participate in a 6 week Cooks for Health program

$1,300 One class at a time 

Supports 15-20 students to participate in one Cooks for Health class

$460 One student at a time 

Supports one student to participate in a 6 week Cooks for Health program

Other ways to give: 

Donate Any Amount

We rely on donations from supporters like you to continue and grow our impact. Be a part of the generational change! Donate here!

Corporate Matching

We are registered with Benevity for those employers who participate in corporate giving programs. Whether a one time match or recurring giving, you can increase your impact today. Check here to see if your company has a corporate matching program.

Create a Fundraiser

Create a fundraiser on Facebook or Instagram and select The Sylvia Center as your nonprofit of choice this giving season. Invite your friends and families to participate! Meta is matching up to $7mil for any recurring donation set up through December 31st. Find out more here.