Evaluations in the US, Switzerland and recently in India confirm GenDerations positively influences student behavior. There are less high level infractions at school, students are happier, have a more positive outlook on life, have improved self-esteem, and engage in less risk-taking behavior.

Who We Are

GenDerations Mentoring International is a registered not-for-profit organization in California, Switzerland and India. The programs employed by GenDerations are designed to guide young boys and girls in their transition from adolescence to adulthood.

What's Different/Methodology

GenDerations is benefitting from 20 years of experience of BoysToMen. At a time when youth and older people are getting more and more isolated, GenDerations connects students to themselves, to each other, and with older people.

GenDerations at a Glance

Watch GenDerations Founder Stefan Hermann in January 2018 at his TedxTalk in Panchgani near Pune...

Stefan Hermann emphasized the importance of changing the current education system with insightful statistics and hard-hitting facts. The German born author, professor and world traveler shared heart-breaking, honest and intimate details from his past, while speaking at the TEDxPanchgani. He brought to light the facts behind why our education system may be completely irrelevant to life skills and employment in the future and challenged each person in the audience to be a catalyst for change, via meaningful interaction with the younger generation. He proposed a revolutionary new approach towards mentoring; involving listening, acceptance and "modelling" behaviour, can create a safe space for troubled teens.

GenDerations the Organization

  • Owner/Founder, STEFAN HERMANN

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.

students evaluated in India alone
certificates presented to students worldwide
adult mentors trained worldwide

German born author, social entrepreneur and global nomad Stefan Hermann (59) is an advocate for the re-invention of education. His passion for the subject can best be seen on the Oprah Winfrey show in May 2013 (check www.genderations.org ). For over a decade he has been growing his global, more-than-for-profit network for youth mentoring called GenDerations Mentoring International, currently active in South Africa, Europe, Mexico, the US and as of recent in India.

For large parts of the year he resides in Pune’s Deccan Gymkhana historic part of town after calling Santa Barbara, California home for 17 years.

Between May and November 2017 he served as the 1st Executive Director of Boys to Men/Girls to Women San Francisco Bay Area. Stefan has been certified at the highest level of the world’s largest men’s work organization heading up weekends with often more than 100 men in attendance. In that context Stefan received the “Ron Hering Award” for exceptional leadership in 2004. Over the past two decades he made a name for himself as a master facilitator of work with boys and men; he supported well over 3000 males in their initiatory process toward a more conscious masculinity. While establishing the program in Switzerland he was a guest professor at the University of social science in Lausanne.

His book “Futuring” (Gabal Verlag, Offenbach, 2000) and the deep facilitation experience around shadow work makes him an highly regarded expert of the ShadowToGold weekend, which he launched in numerous cities around India and in Mexico.

In the early 80s Stefan ranked globally amongst the Top 100 tennis professionals. He once held the Guinness Book World Record for the longest rally in Tennis history.

He is father to 7 adult children and dadaji to Sidney (19), Lena (8) and Finja (2) in Germany, Joshua (1.5) in Manchester/UK as well as Aman (1 year), son to his adopted Indian son Rajendar in Rishikesh.

Stefan Hermann

Parent Mentoring


Students all over the world report that parents are amongst the top 3 obstacles for utilizing their fullest potential. There are many well-meaning parents who experience struggle and frustration over their inability to influence their child. We offer parent mentoring in support of those parents, who don’t know where to turn with their challenges. After an initial, 20 minute interview over the phone we tailor a support program for parents which might even include the child at some point. We are experts with 20 plus years experience! Contact us for your free-of-charge interview.

GenDerations Mentoring Program

Additional to new mentoring services to parents and weekend events for the whole family, GenDerations Mentoring International fosters emotional intelligence, mindfulness and balance in group mentoring sessions in schools. Internationally recognized certificates are offered at completion of the programs.

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