Rep. Parkhurst Announces Project Next Generation Grants Issued by State Library

State Representative Lindsay Parkhurst (R – Kankakee) announced today the Project Next Generation (PNG) Grants Program through the Illinois State Library issued grants to libraries in the 79th District.

“Libraries offer many opportunities to at-risk youth outside the classroom,” Rep. Parkhurst stated. “I am happy to see continued support for our youth from the State Library.”

PNG is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle and high school students 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 Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian, Jesse 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 through their local libraries.” Kankakee Public Library in the 79th District was issued grant money totaling $17,000 to support PNG programs at libraries. The grant monies will be processed by the Secretary of State office next week.