Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White awarded $627,624 in 2023 Project Next Generation (PNG) grants to 30 public libraries statewide to support the mentoring program. PNG grants provide for mentors to work with middle and high school students to develop skills using various technologies. The at-risk students learn to achieve success through project-based learning, and gain life skills, such as effective communication, goal setting and conflict resolution.
Local PNG grant recipients included: Sparta Public Library for $9,564.
For more on the PNG grant, please see this week’s print edition.