Note From The Founder
At YAYASAN Generasi Gemilang (GG) our heart is for the next generation and their families. We believe that a nation is only as strong as the family unit and the future of a nation is only as good as the future of our next generation. A generation is only as good as the virtues that define them; therefore we are committed to raising an exemplary next generation.
We believe that every young person has the potential to succeed, regardless of circumstance, when given the right values and tools to thrive. Therefore at GG, we invest into the lives of our next generation, inspiring hope and empowering them to live to their fullest potential. Just as a foundation is to a building, so is character to a person. By instilling positive life values as the foundation we hope to develop positive character in our young people.
While investing in the lives of our next generation, we don't forget to address them in the vital context of the family; therefore we work to strengthen relationships within families, schools and communities. The family unit is a key pillar in a young person's life – stronger families, stronger next generation.
It is our dream to see our nation of Malaysia thrive. Part of that vision involves involving stakeholders across all sectors – private and public; from community leaders to government agencies, corporates and other like-minded organisations. We believe that this integrated stakeholder approach towards sustainable community transformation will result in the enriching of many young lives and their families. We are so thankful for experiencing tremendous progress with our private and public sector collaboration and have many success stories to tell of great partnership.
Yet at the very heart of it all, our core remains simple. We are all powered and driven by one simple fact in everything that we do. The belief that Love transforms lives. It is not about our programs, it has always and will always be about people. Borrowing a quote from Paul Shane Spear: "As one person I cannot change the world but I can change the world of one person".
HISTORY OF GENERASI GEMILANG
Generasi Gemilang (GG), which means ‘Glorious Generation’ in Bahasa Malaysia, is the realisation of the vision of its Founder and Head of Executive Committee, Daniel Tan. His desire to positively influence the nation and impact the next generation was birthed and nurtured with the support of his home church Sidang Injil Borneo Kuala Lumpur (SIBKL).
GG’s aim since inception has always been to positively impact lives in Malaysia regardless of race, religion and background. The initial stages of GG began in 2008 as a series of programs led by Daniel and four like-minded friends, called Project Generasi Gemilang. These programs served as a platform to connect and build relationships with youth in schools; tackling relevant issues such as relationships, peer pressure and Internet addiction. Pioneering programs included Cyber Wellness, mentoring youth to be positive & balanced online users and VERVE, focusing on character building, both of which remain GG’s flagship programs today.
Much was also invested in children homes and underserved communities in building self-worth, purpose and values into children and equipping families with practical tools to thrive. Through on-ground work, sustainable cross-sectoral partnerships were formed with corporations such as Prudential Assurance Malaysia Berhad (PAMB), Nippon Paint (M) Sdn Bhd, Danone Dumex (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, Microsoft Malaysia and government agencies such as the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (KPWKM), the Department of Social Welfare (JKM), The Multimedia Development Corporation (MDec) and the National Council of Welfare and Social Development Malaysia (MAKPEM).
Daniel and his friends eventually decided to form an official organisation to continue this work of raising an exemplary next generation in Malaysia. Generasi Gemilang was officially registered with the Registry of Societies (ROS) as a not-for-profit social welfare organisation in March 2010. In December 2014, Yayasan Generasi Gemilang was incorporated as a charitable foundation.