library 1147815 1280WOOD DALE – Project Next Generation, a program designed to encourage youth mentorship at public libraries, is coming to the Wood Dale Public Library District, State Senator Tom Cullerton (D-Villa Park) announced Tuesday.

“The Project Next Generation program is a great example of how our public libraries can provide important resources to our communities,” Cullerton said. “The life skills a mentor can provide to at-risk youth will surely help the students who need it most.”

The Wood Dale Public Library District is set to receive nearly $9,000 to implement the Project Next Generation program. The program’s mentors work with middle and high school students to help develop knowledge to use various technologies, achieve success through project-based learning, and increase other life skills like effective communication, goal-setting and conflict resolution.

Projects were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The grants totaled over $530,000 across the state and are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

“I commend Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White for establishing this program,” Cullerton said. “Making sure our most vulnerable students get the additional help they need will help put them on a better path moving forward.”

For more information, visit https://www.ilsos.gov/departments/library/grants/png.html.

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