U.S. Senator Bill Cassidy spoke to about 500 young men attending Louisiana Boys State this week where he discussed leadership and problem-solving and offered advice about how to get involved in government. Louisiana Boys State is a program for rising high school seniors in which they learn about government and how city, parish and state agencies work together to complete projects and solve problems. Participants, referred to as citizens, are elected to state and local offices in mock elections. The program is organized by the American Legion for youth from all parts of the state. Cassidy said that within the 2023 group are future senators, governors and civic leaders. Northwestern State University has hosted Louisiana Boys State and Louisiana Girls State since 2007.