Project Next Generation - PNG at MCL
Project Next Generation is a mentoring program created by Secretary of State Jesse White and administered through Illinois public libraries. Project mentors work with middle school 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.
“I am committed to improving the lives of at-risk youth in Illinois,” said White. “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.”
Projects were awarded grants from the Illinois State Library using federal Library Services and Technology Act funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Grants are awarded to public libraries serving culturally diverse, low-income, and underserved populations.
Marion Carnegie Library is dedicated to providing access to emerging technology for our students. The library has a host of mentors who work to plan programs and events that will teach technology basics!
What is PNG at MCL?
All PNG at MCL programs are free and open to ages 10 – 18, and no library card is required to attend. Marion Carnegie Library offers 4 types of PNG programs.
STEAM Club happens each month and provides access to hands-on experiences related to STEAM careers like coding, engineering, design, and more.
AV Club happens each month and centers around digital STEAM, offering events centered around things like audio and video production, computer work, gaming, and photography.
PNG at MCL Saturday Sessions happen each Saturday afternoon and offer a variety of subjects ranging from 3D printing and digital art to robotics and beyond.
Open Lab Hours are available Monday through Thursday from 4 pm to 7 pm, where participants can explore all of the technology in the MCL Tech Lab as they create and work on personal projects.
PNG at MCL events, including Open Lab Hours, are overseen by a mentor who works with participants one-on-one to help them gain skills applicable both in PNG at MCL events and in other facets of life.