Kankakee, IL… State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R-Kankakee) is pleased to announce two grants worth thousands of dollars to the Bradley Public Library District and the Kankakee Public Library. Project Next Generation (PNG) is awarding a total of $526,790 dollars to 31 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.
“These grants are a great boon to our communities’ commitment to producing tomorrow’s leaders,” Rep. Parkhurst said. “If kids are given access to technology and the opportunity to learn from mentors, they will take it. These grants are crucial to providing an environment where our kids can grow and thrive.”
PNG grants are awarded at the discretion of Secretary of State Jesse White, who is also the State Librarian. Kankakee will receive $17,000 dollars while Bradley will receive $27,000 dollars. Recipients 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. Typically, grants are given to public libraries that serve diverse, low income, and underserved populations.