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Alyssa has always had a passion for science and technology. She started teaching herself how to program in various languages and loved computer programming so much that she joined her schools robotics team in fifth grade. She participated in robotics for 3 years and was the lead programmer for the past two years. This past summer, she wanted to broaden her knowledge of cybersecurity and was one of 20 applicants selected to attend Dartmouth Institute for Security, Technology, and Society summer program and one of 30 selected to participate in the National Security Agency and National Science Foundation GenCyber Program, where she received the award for the outstanding team member. Alyssa was also selected to participate in the United State of Women summit as a change maker scholar. She is a student ambassador for her school, a children’s book reviewer for Bank Street College of Education, a regional ambassador for CyberSensibility, a GirlUp United Nations Foundation community leader, and a presenter for Strong -The Magazine for Girls. She also serves on the New York City HRA Youth Leadership Council. When she’s not busy pursuing all of these activities, you can find her working on her program to educate teens on substance abuse or on the volleyball court. In the future, Alyssa hopes to inspire other young women to pursue their passions. She also aspires to create technologies that will transform society, making the world a better place.