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Hastings announces more than $50,000 in grants for local libraries

books 090418TINLEY PARK – State Senator Michael E. Hastings is pleased to announce that community libraries will receive more than $50,000 in grants to fund local mentorship programs.

Project Next Generation (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.

“Libraries open up endless opportunities for our communities,” Hastings said. “I’m thrilled our local community libraries will have the tools to carry out necessary afterschool programs for our children.”

Grande Prairie Public Library District, Matteson Area Public Library District and Richton Park Public Library District were recognized for their efforts and awarded grants.

The local libraries were among 31 public libraries statewide to receive the 2019 PNG grants.

“Effective afterschool programs provide endless benefits for our communities,” Hastings said. “Programs funded by this grant will provide positive interactions for students in a safe, comfortable setting to help them learn skills they’ll need to be successful.”

Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White administers the PNG program.

“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” White said. “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.”

For more information visit: http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/library/grants/png.html.

Sen. Michael E. Hastings

hastings 150
19th Legislative District

Years served: 2012 - Present

Committee assignments: Appropriations I; Appropriations II; Financial Institutions; Insurance; Judiciary (Vice-Chairperson); State Government & Veterans Affairs; Committee of the Whole.

Biography: Born October 6th, 1980, in Orland Hills; B.S. in Leadership and Management, Civil Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, M.S., Business Administration, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign; former US Army Captain; Bronze Star recipient; former trustee and vice president for High School District 230.