PEORIA, Ill. – Alpha Park Public Library District and Peoria Public Libraries are receiving grants from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to help mentors connect with at-risk youth in the community.
Assistant Majority Leader Dave Koehler (D-Peoria), who represents the two cities, said it’s important to connect children with services early on to better serve them.
“Giving at-risk kids the opportunity to learn valuable skills in a safe environment can only serve to improve our communities,” Koehler said. “I want to thank Jesse White for seeing the potential in the Bartonville and Peoria communities when awarding this grant.”
Project Next Generation offers grant funding to public libraries for establishing educational after-school programs, according to the Secretary of State’s office. The programs not only provide access to computers, software and various technology devices, but also hire mentors who help students develop self-confidence in their newly acquired skills.
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.
“I will continue to do all I can to ensure that every citizen of this state has access to quality literacy programs,” White said.