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
Programs: Dc school based and afterschool programs: critical exposure teaches students the basics of documentary photography and advocacy. Students are exposed to the work of a range of photographers and learn to "read" images, analyzing them to determine their subject, mood and message. They are also introduced to techniques for taking compelling photographs themselves. Students identify particular issues that impact their lives and document them through photography, writing, and multimedia. They then develop and lead campaigns to convince schools and communities to implement positive solutions to address those issues.
outreach/marketing & communications: critical exposure works with participating students to identify opportunities for their photographs and stories to reach both the community at large and targeted audiences such as public officials, school leaders, and community members. This outreach includes traveling exhibits and online displays of the students work. Exhibits take place at art galleries, conferences, coffee shops, libraries and other public spaces. The exhibits are an opportunity for youth
remote profects/train the trainer model: critical exposure partners with youth serving organizations and campaigns across the country to support their local, state and national efforts to improve public education or address other issues impacting youth.
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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,