First Name

Alyssa

Last Name

S.

Bio

Alyssa Shah is a sophomore at The Dalton School in New York City. She is the youngest of three girls and has always had a passion for science and technology. Her discovery of computing and technology was a fortunate accident. 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 First Lego League Robotics competitions in 5th and 6th grade and in RoboCup Junior in 7th and 8th grade, and was the lead programmer for 3 years. She learned how to program robots in LEGO Mindstorms, Arduino, and ROBOTC over that time she developed a greater passion for computing. She taught herself how to program in languages like Python and Java. The more she programmed, the more her interest in computer science blossomed. Two summers ago, Alyssa 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 is driven by the notion that her programing can affect positive change. This past summer, Alyssa was selected to be a Kode with Klossy scholar and also interned at the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, teaching teens from under-resourced areas about health, wellness, and the dangers of substance abuse. Two years ago, Alyssa was selected to participate in the United State of Women Conference as a change maker scholar where she first learned about the teen vaping epidemic. In response, she created The DrugSense Initiative (www.drugsenseinitiative.org), a for the youth, by the youth online program to raise drug awareness and reduce its devastating effects. This past summer, Alyssa was recognized by the United Nations Youth Assembly for her work on UN’s sustainable development goals related to health. Alyssa 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. Alyssa is also the Health and Wellness Ambassador for the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation. She serves on the Congressional Youth Cabinet for Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney and is also on the New York City HRA Youth Leadership Council. When she’s not busy pursuing 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. T