GenDerations the Organization

GenDerations Mentoring International is a registered non-profit organization in Switzerland, India and the USA. The programs employed by GenDerations are designed to guide young boys and girls in their transition from adolescence to adulthood. GenDerations uses well-trained volunteer mentors to guide young people in acquiring a secure sense of identity, a mature orientation toward their lives, and the ability to recognize and articulate their feelings in resolving their own personal and interpersonal conflicts.

GenDerations is an umbrella organization for four separate programs: Boys to Men, Man to Men (Mentoring), Girls to Women, and Woman to Women (Mentoring). Many prominent politicians, scientists and public figures in Western Europe support the goals and programs of GenDerations. Regional BTM/ GenDerations centers have been established in Hamburg, Ulm, Frankfurt (Germany), Zurich and Ticino (Switzerland), Santa Fe (New Mexico), Santa Barbara (California), Johannesburg (South Africa) as well as Dehli (India) . GenDerations is politically independent, non-sectarian, culturally inclusive and financially transparent.

Introspection & Self-Awareness
The Ability to Tell a Story

Selection and Responsibilities of Mentors

  • The men and women who are GenDerations mentors have completed the mentor training program, participate in monthly supervision meetings (MentoRINGS), can provide a clean background check, and who are generally have the time and interest for volunteering.
  • Through the school program GenDerations mentors present “real life in the classroom,” often with girls and boys separated by gender.
  • Mentors live or work within the school surroundings and nearby communities.
  • They are trained by GenDerations within the framework of social responsibility programs through their employers.
  • The employer exempts them from work for several hours per week.
  • The volunteer concept has proven itself for 15 years in various European countries. All mentors are individually interviewed, selected for talents and abilities, and after an extensive competency assessment, they repeatedly go through self-evaluations and evaluations by others.
  • All mentors meet frequently for continuing training and for exchanges of mentoring experiences once or twice a month.