Donizetti Gonzalez is our new SONYC after school program director at Columbia Secondary School. Donizetti has a Master's degree in Psychology and has a diverse professional background working with children and families. He has a personal devotion to working in Upper Manhattan as this was the community that he was also raised in. This has served as one of the major factors in motivating Donizetti to remaining committed to giving back to the community. His professional career consist of empowering children and families through youth development, social services with displaced families, and child welfare. Within all of these settings, partnership and collaboration with stakeholders have been essential qualities that he has embraced. Staying true to the origins of his name, he enjoys Italian cuisine with his favorite dish being lasagna. When he isn't indulging in Italian cuisines he enjoys playing sports at a competitive level. He is currently training to run a marathon in 2016. He is seeking to utilize his experience to continue to enhance the Y's SONYC program at Columbia.