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Organizational History

Inspired by her early work as a public school math teacher, former Paramount Pictures CEO Sherry Lansing collaborated with Governor Schwarzenegger to launch EnCorps STEM Teachers Program in 2007 to address declining student achievement in STEM, as well as California’s critical teacher shortage.

Early success led to our selection as one of only 28 organizations invited to join the national consortium 100Kin10, tasked with enriching America’s classrooms with 100,000 excellent STEM teachers by 2021. We launched our Military Pathway in 2013 to harness the STEM expertise of armed forces veterans. Partnerships with Project Lead the Way and Linked Learning Alliance followed, as we expanded the board and added new staff members across the state.

In 2017, EnCorps serves high need students in Greater Los Angeles, Orange County, Greater Sacramento, Greater San Diego and the Greater San Francisco Bay Area. We are proud to have guided more than 750 Fellows through our innovative program, impacting more than 60,000 youth in under-resourced communities. Now in our 10th year of public service, EnCorps’ rising success has recently been highlighted in the LA Times, the National Journal, and Inside Philanthropy, among others.

On August 11, 2016, a White House ceremony formally recognized the EnCorps Fellowship as a US2020 Excellence in Volunteer Experience Award Winner. The US2020 STEM Mentoring Awards serve as a national platform to celebrate and encourage exceptional work in the STEM mentoring field, sponsored by Chevron and Tata Consultancy Services.

EnCorps STEM Fellows:
By the Numbers


Northern California Fellows recruited since 2008


Southern California Fellows recruited since 2008