CRITICAL EXPOSURE INC

Rating: 4.95 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, Arts & Culture, Children & Youth

Location: 1816 12th St. NW, 3rd Floor Washington DC 20009 USA

Mission: To teach youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.
Results: We have worked with over 800 students in five states and Washington, DC. The students and their images have helped partnering organizations and campaigns secure more than $400 million in new funding for underfunded schools and facilities in DC, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.
Target demographics: Low-income middle- and high-school students
Geographic areas served: DC, MD, VA, PA, TX, NM, LA
2010 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 26-2829875
202-745-3745 x20
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Rating: 5 stars  

Critical Exposure takes a big bite of the social change apple. They are not content to help students recognize problems and apply piecemeal solutions. They ate fundamentally challenging the systemic reasons for inequity in our public schools and giving students the core skills in communications, problem-solving and advocacy to "be the change they want to see in the world." Critical Exposure's leadership and staff are in it for the right reasons and that integrity males them incredibly effective with students, school administrators and local officials. They have the success stories to prove it, I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to invest in youth and unleash their power for positive change!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 4 stars  

The cleverness of the turn of phrase "critical exposure" is matched by the sass and drive of the people who work there. As a photo enthusiast and volunteer who has helped out at photography exhibits of students' work, and fundraisers, I am impressed by the team's big plans, and their ability to follow through. Bigger than life portraits by students in area businesses? Why not! Raising tens of thousands of dollars through student photo-activism? Done! Auctions of framed student work alongside of donated works by internationally acclaimed award winning photographers? Teach those students to aim high! But the evidence of the impact lies in the testimonies of the student participants themselves who consistently reiterate that being part of critical exposure has given them a means to channel creativity, inspired confidence, and taught them skills beyond photography in the realm of organization, commitment, and critical thinking. I hope Critical Exposure continues its good work!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Critical Exposure tackles one of the toughest challenges facing our nation – helping the most underperforming schools and hardest to reach students – and does so through a unique mix of shocking photography, smart policy and heartbreaking student testimony. CE empowers students with the tools and opportunity to confront elected officials, the media and the public with a reality that most people only see from a distance and moving people to take action. The fact that Critical Exposure has grown and flourished so much in both size and scope - especially in such tough economic times when most non-profits can’t even survive - is a true mark of this organization's value and success.

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

I've followed CE from inception and have seen the staff grow in size, the exhibits require larger spaces, the crowds of followers and donors double and tripple - with the media coverage and presitge growing in kind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I love working with and on behalf of children, especially for causes related to improving their educational opportunities. Volunteering with Critical Exposure provides a great way for me to feel like I am making a direct difference and impact on major youth issues like reducing the high school drop-out rate, improving school facilities and lunches, and other barriers to the first-rate education ALL kids deserve.

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

The best part of the annual Spring Exhibit - aside from seeing the student's photos and reading their stories - is meeting the actual student photographers and seeing their looks of pride and confidence first hand.

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

Directly impacting youth.

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

committed and enthusiastic.

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

significantly impact the dire state of our public education system and the issues that directly impact students - world-class facilities for learning, resources to help them stay in school, and a seat at the table for leading the way towards change.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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?

2010-8-01

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