libraryELMWOOD PARK – The Elmwood Park Public Library is the recipient of a $12,500 mentoring grant from the Illinois Secretary of State, State Senator Don Harmon announced.

The grant was awarded through the Project Next Generation program, which is a mentoring program administered through Illinois public libraries. Mentors work with middle and high school students to help them develop skills needed to use technology and find success through project-based learning. Mentors also help with developing life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.

Elmwood Park is one of 29 public libraries in the state to receive the grant.

“Public libraries are great resources for our communities, and I appreciate that the Secretary of State continues to support them,” Harmon (D-Oak Park) said. “The resources made available through this grant will help young people build the skills and confidence they need to prepare for college or their future careers.”

In all, the Secretary of State awarded more than $464,000 in Project Next Generation grants statewide. The money is provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries that serve culturally diverse, low-income and underserved populations.

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said Illinois Secretary of State 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 at their local library.”

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