February 14, 2020

She mentors and empowers young Black women to pursue careers in STEM

Over a span of 30 years, Valerie Randolph has built a career as a small business owner in the Atlanta area. She’s also found her calling—as a teacher and a mentor to young Black women.

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Randolph, who is an Allstate agency owner in Smyrna, Georgia, is passionate about creating opportunities for young people to succeed. Since 2000, she has helped prepare dozens of young Black women for careers in STEM.

Through the Teens on the Move program, Randolph helps expose under-represented high school girls to the skills that will help them pursue careers in STEM. As part of the program, girls not only get to further their studies in science and engineering, they have the opportunity to visit college campuses or take part in summer internships.

“We take the opportunity to them,” said Randolph

According to the National Science Foundation, while more women are obtaining degrees in science and engineering, women and African Americans are still under-represented in jobs in this field. Programs like Teens on the Move are crucial for giving young women the education, skills, and inspiration to pursue degrees and then careers in STEM.

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