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Project Next Generation

Secretary of State and Jesse White awards Project Next Generation (PNG) grants to public libraries statewide. PNG is a mentoring program created by Secretary White and 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. 

Check out the Kankakee Public Library's amazing PNG program.


Contact Roland Johnson ( for more information!

An example of a video created by PNG students in April 2011. 

A highlight of our PNG mentoring and academic enrichment program.

PNG Zoom Mentoring Out Takes, 2021.

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