Salmaan is an Evanston native, an alum of Evanston Township High School class of 2011, a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a degree in Non-profit Management focusing on Sociology and Anthropology along with a minor in Communications through the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. His Capstone project was directed towards "Income Inequality in Urban and Rural America." His case studies focused on education, gang violence and youth recruitment in gangs, healthy food choices, immigration issues, garbage disposal and nuclear waste issues within Washington, New York, Chicago, California, Florida and Selma, Alabama.
Prior to joining Y.O.U., he served at a youth center in Selma, Alabama going to schools providing supplies as well as engaging with youth during winter break. As part of Husky Alternative Break through Northern Illinois University, he was involved in an internship with 4-H University of Illinois Urbana where he created a group called "Able Body," where middle school youth learned that people with disabilities can play sports, live independently, and can do anything they set their minds to do.
Salmaan also has also worked with the Chicago Blackhawks Blind Hockey team, he helped create their Facebook page and logo with braille and designed t--shirts and currently he is the team Captain. Furthermore, Salmaan has worked with American Blind Skiing Foundation to help train guides to ski downhill with blind skiers, helped set up for events, has done presentations to raise awareness for blind skiers and is currently a board member with American Blind Skiing Foundation. He is thrilled to be a part of Youth Opportunity United and feels welcomed in his workplace.