The Youth Leadership Initiative's E-Congress is an interactive on-line simulation that helps students understand the complexities of the legislative process, as an innovative resource for classroom teachers. Participation in YLI E‑Congress is open and free to middle and high school civics teachers. Throughout the simulation, students play the part of a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. To be successful, they must research contemporary issues, draft original legislation, debate its merits during committee sessions, and work to move their bill to the House floor. In contrast to traditional mock congresses, students use innovative technology throughout the simulation to interact with their legislators and to connect with their peers around the country.