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  

I have been involved with Critical Exposure for the past 4 years and I cannot say enough about how much this organization makes a difference in children's lives. The greatest thing about this nonprofit is that it not only teaches children the skill of photography, but it also provides them with the support needed to be advocates for themselves and their schools, and ultimately create social change to better their lives. For a lot of children, this program and the staff's dedication, has transformed their lives, empowering them in a way that hadn't before. As a resident of Washington, DC, I can't think of a better way to help children in this city better themselves, and the school system, than Critical Exposure. Adam, the director, and his team are incredibly dedicated to the mission, and the children.

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

What is unique about Critical Exposure is that it gives the students the tools they need to effect change for themselves. That approach provides them with a sense of empowerment that no handout can ever match.

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

Watching those shy kids shine when their work is displayed is a reward for the entire community and has been for me personally as well.

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

How it has exposed me to so many different issues in our community

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

Extraordinarily energetic and dedicated

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

reach so many more students

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

Watching Critical Exposure grow, I've been impressed by the organization's ability to combine the joy and power of photography with effective policy impact. By empowering students to tell their own stories, it inspires the students documenting the conditions in their schools, the policy makers who have acted to improve school conditions, and the many others who have viewed the work.

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

viewing photos that are raw and honest and show school conditions that should not be allowed to continue.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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?

2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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  

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.

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

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

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.

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?

2010-5-01

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