After he sold his medical device company, Sanjeev Tanna decided that he was going to do something for younger generations. 

Looking at his 6-year-old son inspired him to seek a way to make some kind of greater impact on the world. 

“For him, I just want to make this world a better place,” said Tanna. 

And so he founded Next Generation Nations (NGN). 

That was a year and a half ago. 

Now, NGN has 1,500 students involved in it, across 6 countries and 55 clubs. And it’s based right here in Milpitas.  

“NGN is all about educating and engaging the next generation of leaders,” said Tanna. 

Back in September, NGN teamed up with a student-run organization to put on a Women’s March in Fremont, where Milpitas Vice Mayor Karina Dominguez spoke. 

Lavanya Jain, Disha Rabindra, and Naveli Garg co-founded the youth organization, which is called NGN Marches. Jain and Rabindra are seniors at Washington High School, while Garg attends UC Davis. 

Their organization was founded with the idea of coordinating youth-led marches every six months. They decided to dedicate their first march to women and domestic violence.   

“Something I hear a lot is that youth can’t do anything, like we’re too young to take a stand; and I think that’s wrong. No matter how young you are, there is something you can always do. The whole idea behind this march is that you can do anything…and we’re giving you the platform to basically talk about whatever issues you feel are important in this community, and to raise awareness,” said Rabindra. 

In January, 2020, NGN is having a Global Competition for a $15,000 scholarship. In April, 2020, NGN is having a Climate Youth March in either Milpitas or Palo Alto; also, in April, they’re planning to have a Competition Pitch Day for students to present in front of investors, philanthropists, and professionals. In July, 2020, they hope to coordinate a Gun Violence Youth March in San Francisco and San Jose. 

For these remaining weeks of 2019, NGN is spreading the word about their online fundraising campaign.

They’re asking parents, students, and members of the community to make donations here: ngn.org/donate 

100% of the funds collected will go toward NGN youth activities, such as competitions, marches, community service projects, and corporate visits. 

 

 

Rhoda Shapiro
Rhoda Shapiro works as a journalist and media consultant in the Bay Area. She has written for both the Tri-City Voice and the Mercury News, and is the founder of Chi Media Company, which works with nonprofit organizations to elevate their marketing and communication platforms. Rhoda is also an author; her first book will be published by Llewellyn Worldwide in mid-2019. Her YouTube channel, which features practices in yoga, meditation, and women’s empowerment, has amassed thousands of subscribers. Rhoda is The Milpitas Beat’s founder.

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