Councilmember Craig Rice encourages students to participate in this unique and exciting opportunity


"As we have witnessed so often, student voices are compelling and challenge us as elected leaders to make our communities better. I started the annual Councilmember for a Day Challenge in 2015 with the goal of elevating those voices and encouraging students to fully engage in the public policymaking process. This year, I am excited to take our challenge to the next level by providing an 8-week storytelling experience to inform participants on the best methods as well as the ethics that go into engaging, inclusive digital storytelling about public policy issues. On behalf of my Council colleagues, we all look forward to the innovative public policy recommendations from our empowered and civically engaged youth."                                                             

Councilmember Craig Rice
District 2


Participating students will work individually or in teams of three with trained instructors who will lead them through various topics associated with digital journalism and inclusive storytelling.

The storytelling experience will take place over 8 weeks (March 1 - April 16), with virtual weekly meeting times scheduled by each instructor. Students will be provided with loaner iPads and all the tools they need as they develop a short video highlighting a public policy issue that is important to them.

In addition, nationally known and engaging guest speakers will provide insights and share their experiences with our students over the 8-week learning period.

More information is available by clicking on Student Information to the right.


Registration is open to all 
MCPS Students in
8th - 12th grades!

Registration Deadline 
February 15
Private Schools: If you would like to participate, please email
Kristin Trible in the Office of Councilmember Craig Rice
or call us at 240-777-7947