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September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

I have been inspired by the work they do to give inner city young people a voice. Most people only know about what it is like to grow up in a tough inner city neighborhood from what they see on TV. Through Critical Exposure I was able to hear directly from young people and see through their pictures what life is actually like. By lifting up these voices and connecting them to policy makers who can make a difference, Critical Exposure plays a powerful role in restoring the American dream.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

attending their events and meeting the young people who Critical Exposure has worked with, and hearing the young people say what a transformational experience it has been for them.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the opportunity to interaction with an amazing group of young people.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, skilled, and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

transform the lives of inner-city youth.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 29, 2010

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September 29, 2010

I have recently joined the family of Critical Exposure and given the size of the staff and members the organization does a great job in bring awareness to the inequities of the public school system. I think with more funding and resources the organization will continue to grow and make impacts on young children as they continue to express themselves through photography and their own voices.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have personally witness the organizations five year event which brought artist and children together for a common cause and that was to bring awareness to the public schools systems and its challenges through photography.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 27, 2010

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September 27, 2010

Critical Exposure (CE) has the unique ability to make a difference in one student's life while also working toward social change to improve the lives of all students. I am grateful that CE shares its passion for photography, education, and empowerment with youth and vulnerable communities.

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I have been a proud supporter, donor, and volunteer since CE's inception and will continue to do so for many, many years.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 24, 2010

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September 24, 2010

I am fortunate to know well the work that Critical Exposure does with the youth in the communities it serves. CE takes the energy of a small group of passionate individuals to create big change in classrooms, communities, and cities. Teens have documented the high school drop-out crisis in DC Public Schools, they've taken school systems to task to change the conditions of school buildings in districts across the country, and they've helped tell the story youth homelessness. I've seen the effect the young people's photographs have on viewers, when their work is exhibited. The images force people to stop. They shake their heads in disbelief. They look around for other people in the room to share their thoughts with... It is truly remarkable. And that's to say nothing of the impact the photographs and advocacy work have made on legislation and budgets of big cities and school districts.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing young people become excited about organizing to help solve the DC high school drop out crisis, and hearing students speak as proud, self-proclaimed leaders in advocating for change about things that impact them personally.

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About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 22, 2010

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September 22, 2010

Our organization partnered with Critical Exposure several times to implement youth led service learning projects in the community. District youth researched various issues in their community, photographed these issues, and used these photos and their own captions to advocate for changes. Our work with Critical Exposure truly helped youth understand that they could in fact help transform their lives and their communities and gave youth life long lessons. They are a fantastic, well organized, and highly professional organization. They deeply and genuinely care about their work, their mission,

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

improving youth's sense of self worth improving youth's knowledge of advocacy improving youth's understanding of service improving youth's photographic and caption writing abilities

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 22, 2010

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September 22, 2010

To engage with Critical Exposure is to be struck by three things: 1) that it teaches a skill - photography - that gives children an empowering voice and a potential avocation later; 2) the maturity of its staff and programs despite its size; and 3) the way it just executes on all cylinders. Attend one of their functions and you cannot help but see the power of their mission at work, on the walls in the form of the photographs underprivileged children take to document the deplorable conditions of their schools and living circumstances.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the faces and voices of the children who show up to show off their work proudly and tell the story behind their visions; the volume of volunteers who freely give their time to make the events happen; and in the way the staff interact with the Board.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the way you can hear in the children's voices the empowerment they feel from what they have created and learned in Critical Exposure's classes.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Phenomenally dedicated!! They truly make all the events occur without a hitch at interesting venues around the city to spread the good word to the viewing public.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

reach more children nationally, while becoming more self-sustaining (to live through inevitable funding difficulties).

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010

Critical Exposure is supporting students around the country in learning new skills AND telling their personal stories to the general public. Through this process, students support important policies changes that will improve their lives directly and gain confidence as they learn the fundamental of photography and the power of personal expression. It is vital the the people actually affected by issues -- and in this case young people themselves -- are actively engaged in discussions about solutions. Critical Exposure is extremely effective in this process.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the students' photographs and reading their personal stories through exhibits, and then talking directly with them as they present their work to elected officials, policy makers and the general public.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 21, 2010

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September 21, 2010

Critical Exposure taught my middle school students how to document what worked and what didn't work in our school, write about these photographs, and create a petition for change. Students felt empowered and engaged through this work, and they learned skills that they will carry with them -- photography, advocacy, and writing.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Our students, our schools, and our DC -- through their photo exhibits and through the work they have done with my students

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

Critical Exposure is a fantastic organization that works with many inspiring and talented young people. They provide underpriviledged students with the tools and training they need to document their school conditions and then use these photographs to lobby for change. Not only does their work address many of the financial inequalities in the school system, but it is teaching young people how to effectively have a voice for change in their community -- a skill that will benefit them the rest of their lives.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the photographs their students have generated at several events. Speaking with their students in person and hearing them talk about the impact Critical Exposure has had in their lives.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Working with their talented and dedicated staff and meeting their inspiring students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 16, 2010

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September 16, 2010

I have known Adam for several years and have attended 4 or 5 critical exposure (CE) gallery/auction type events hosted by CE. The organizations work is certainly a worthy cause - helping to educate the public about the conditions of our school system and trying to secure add'l money to improve our school system. How they accomplish this one of the remarkable aspects of the organization. They recruit students and teach them how to use photography to capture school condition and use this to seek improvement - either through public awareness, increased funding, better safety, etc. If you're fortunate to attend one of the Galleries hosted by CE, I'm sure you will be shocked by the conditions that are shown by these school photographers, but also impressed by the professionalism and passion that is shared by the staff as well as the student photographers. I've also been able to spend some time speaking with a few of the students at these events and it is great to see what some students are trying to do to make a difference. I'm happy to continue to support critical exposure and wish them well.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Attended several events hosted by Critical Exposure and personally know one of the founders.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I am very pleased with the work of this organization. Like most non profits, I only wish they were abel to secure more funding which would enable them to expand their work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the passion of the staff up close - it is easy to support an organization that truely believes in their cause and is doing great work.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All very professional and energetic.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Educate a lot more of the public about the state of our eduction system and hlep to improve the condition of our schools.

Ways to make it better...

I wish that I had some constructive feedback to offer the organization, but given their size I think they do a great job with their message.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Like most non-profits funding is critical - it costs them money to get equipment, host galleries, develop pictures, etc.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I would encourage anyone to follow CE and attend one of their galleries. I'm sure you will be just as impressed as I am.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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