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.”

Bradley Public Library received $7,212 this round to support our Teen Tech and Tech Junior programs. These programs teach skills such as animation, coding, robotics, and 3D printing. Information on signing up for one of these programs is available on our Calendar of Events.