Diana Salinas, an 11th-grader from Edward R. Murrow high school in downtown Brooklyn, has been chosen to represent DUSC and City in the Community New York at a Global Youth Summit in Manchester. She will meet other young leaders from across the world, share ideas and receive training on how to continue impacting our local communities through soccer.
What is your background with DUSC?
I've worked as a counselor for their summer camp for 2 years, volunteer for events they need help with, currently working for Citizens Giving program as a DUSC coach.
What exactly is the City in the Community program?
City in the Community is a partnership between NYCFC and DUSC. We are using soccer to educate elementary school students on healthy eating , nutrition and healthy lifestyles. DUSC choose young leaders (aged 16-21) from across the club to run and the deliver the program in Lower East Side in schools with a 97% + free school meals rate (PS 20 and PS 110)
Why is healthy eating and healthy lifestyle important?
Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health and well-being.
What are your biggest highlights of the program so far?
Biggest highlight from this program so far was a festival we held at Yankee Stadium in March before the home opener v Toronto. it was a challenge for the young leaders but it was also a huge success as it brought together students and parents from across the city.
Do you think the program is positively impacting the students?
I believe that this program is positively impacting the students because,they become a little more aware about whether or not their food choices are good or bad. Also lets them know why it's important to maintain a healthy lifestyle and what impact those choices have in later life.
How has being part of the project helped you?
Being part of this project has helped me focus on what I want to do in the future, such as coaching. I've learned a lot new things from other young leaders like me and I believe I'm ready for more great experiences.
Why is soccer such a powerful tool for educating and inspiring students?
Soccer is a powerful tool for educating student because in soccer you learn about great sportsmanship, communication and how to be aware to what's going on around you. This can not only follow through with a persons on the field but also in one's life.
What would you like to do in the future?
In the future I would like to stay in the sports management field. Because of this program it has inspired me to actually become an official soccer coach soon.
Why is DUSC special to you?
DUSC is special to me because they have given me the opportunities to work for their summer camp for 2 years in a row, given me other job opportunities like work for the fall and spring recreational leagues. When I'm given the opportunity to work with all these kids, they don't just learn from me, I learn from them as well. And the coaches there give me advice on how to improve as a player, person and coach. Something I value and appreciate everyday.