Carena graduated from the Academic Choice program at Berkeley High School, where she participated in the AVID college prep curriculum. She has worked at Youth Spirit Artworks since freshman year, co-designing programs and leading workshops; she now serves on its board of directors. Carena has also interned at the Berkeley Police Department and participated in the Alameda County DA’s Justice Academy. She would like a career that helps prevent youth from following peers onto a path of crime. She will be a first generation college student.