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Future Leaders Eye Washington

On July 25, 1963, a young Bill Clinton had the opportunity to shake hands with President Kennedy while serving as a delegate to Boys Nation, an educational program designed to teach high school students about the way government works.

Wednesday, delegates of Boys Nation and its sister organization, Girls Nation, will get their own opportunity to shake hands with the President. CBS This Morning Co-Anchor Mark McEwen reports.

While they are two distinct organizations, their goals are similar. Senator Teah Frederick of Girls Nation talked about her organization's goals.

"I think a huge goal in the organizations is to educate our youth about governmental processes. Especially in Girls Nation, we do a lot of work with the Senate process and parliamentary procedure. For a lot of the girls that will be there, it will be their first exposure so it will be great," the South Carolina native said.

Delegates participate in mock government, forming political parties, electing party officials, organizing a national convention and electing a president.

New Boys Nation President Ryan Rippel explained some of his new duties as a mini commander-in-chief.

Boys Nation delegate Bill Clinton met then-President John F. Kennedy in 1963.
"It started off great with a television interview. I'm getting to know the press quite well. We'll be making some appointments throughout the day. I have an inaugural address later this morning and trying to help get our legislation through the remainder of the week," he explained.

And what will President Rippel say to President Clinton when they meet Wednesday?

"Thank you. Thank you for his leadership to the American Legion Boys Nation program. He's been an outstanding supporter of the program over the past few years and his time in the presidency. We greatly appreciate the opportunity and the time he's given to us today," Rippel said.

And what will Frederick say?

"A thank you that can be extended from the American Legion Auxiliary. I have never had the chance to visit Washington and so many other girls are bringing so many other experiences here. It will be a great extension of thanks from all of to us him," she said.

Considering President Clinton's legacy with the Boys Nation group, would either of these teenage leaders consider political office?

"I hope to be President of the United States some day," Rippel said. "I'm learning a lot in this process and I hope to be involved in political service," he said.