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.