First Name

Stephanie

Last Name

T.

Bio

Stephanie Tena-Meza was born and raised in Salinas and is currently a junior at Salinas High School. Her passion lies on using her knowledge about STEM related fields such as artificial intelligence (AI) and computer science (CS) to create technology opportunities that can uplift her community. One of her proudest accomplishments is starting a CS and AI after-school club for seventh and eighth grade students at her former middle school. She serves as the instructor and teaches students about both fields. Furthermore, she has received support from AI4ALL, a non-profit organization, through Impact Grants to fund her club. She also enjoys participating in her underwater robotics team, and advocating for the youth of Salinas. In the future, she plans to attend college in California and pursue computer science as a major. As a future computer scientist, she hopes to use her CS skills to combat social issues. Lastly, she plans on returning to her hometown to give back to her community.