Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded $530,104 in 2022 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants to 28 public libraries statewide. PNG is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students as the participants develop skills to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning and gain life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.
“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said White. “I established this innovative program when I first became Secretary of State to give students an opportunity to receive hands-on experience with the latest technological tools at their local library.”
PNG Grant recipients include two local libraries. The Lillie M. Evans Library District (Princeville) was awarded $12,838 to introduce field research, encourage scientific discovery, and develop interest in the natural sciences. The Brimfield Public Library District was awarded $36,230 to support collaborations with the local schools by ensuring equitable access to technology workshops and related career exploration opportunities.
Projects were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations. For more information, visit https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/library/grants/png.html.