(SESSER, IL) — State Representative Terri Bryant and Judge David Overstreet recently joined Youth and Government students from Mt. Vernon Township High School at a Pre-Legislative event at the Sesser-Valier High School. Rep. Bryant offered remarks on civic engagement and encouraged students to bring her their ideas for introducing new laws. The Youth and Government students will head to Springfield for the State conference on March 18-March 20. Illinois YMCA Youth & Government is a leadership development program for high school students. Participants immerse themselves in all aspects of Illinois government by assuming roles of legislators, attorneys, executive officials, lobbyists, press members and more. The culmination of each program year is a 3 day conference in which students debate issues using the actual Illinois Capitol and Supreme Court facilities.