PEORIA (HOI) -- The Illinois Secretary of State's Office has awarded the Peoria Public Library a $12,500 mentoring grant.
According to a release State Senator Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), the grant was warded through the Project Next Generation program -- where mentors work with middle and high school students to help them develop stills 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.
“I’m thrilled to see that Secretary White is demonstrating a commitment to the wellbeing of public libraries in our state,” Koehler said. “Well funded libraries are an invaluable resource for our communities."
"This grant will help provide students in Peoria with the tools they need to be successful in the future.”
The Peoria Public Library is one of 28 state public libraries to receive this grant.
In all, the secretary of state awarded $559,358.00 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 low-income and underserved populations.