Current Projects

Location: 16th and Irving St NW
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Students explored the effectiveness of their attendance policy. This policy states that if a student is more than one hour late, they are counted as absent for the entire day. Students demanded that they should be counted as present if they are present for three or more classes during the day. They brainstormed reasons why they come late and why other students might be coming late and used this...
Location: Brookland
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Luke C Moore SHS students have spent the semester working on photo essays documenting a wide range of issues and topics they are personally affected by, such as:   Police brutality against youth of color Legalizing marijuana and how that well help more youth have access to jobs  Teenage pregnancy  The importance of clean and well maintained school bathroom facilities ...
Location: 16th and Irving St. NW
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In our second class at Next Step PCS, students chose to lead a campaign that focused on implementing a uniform policy for their school.  The students cited several reasons they would like to have uniforms at their school, which included:  Uniforms being a social equalizer: helping students not be treated differently based on the clothes they can afford  Adding to...
Location: Thurgood Marshall Center
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Critical Exposure’s Youth Internship program is an eight week introduction to youth organizing, advocacy and photography for interested D.C. youth. This fall, twelve young people began learning basic photography skills and exploring the strengths and challenges of their shared communities. In collaboration with the Fellowship program, the Youth Interns decided to explore the impact of police in...
Location: Thurgood Marshall Center
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The Fellowship program is comprised of young people from all over the city who have demonstrated leadership skills in a prior Critical Exposure program. This year, the Fellowship is made up of one returning fellow, and three youth leaders who completed the Youth Internship this past spring. They have been learning advanced photography and storytelling skills, and setting their campaign goals for...
Location: Washington, D.C.
Dates Of Project: Fall 2014
Our first semester at Calvin Coolidge High school is sadly coming to an end, but the students have only just begun the fight for their campaigns. Students in both classes have chosen to work on the renovation of their school, and the equal allocation of funds to school clubs and programs. Throughout December, students took their cameras, and began documenting their school. For some students...
Location: Prince George's County, MD
Dates Of Project: July-August, 2014
This summer, Critical Exposure is partnering with Prince George’s County Freedom School. Students will couple photography with discussions about the strengths and struggles of their communities to learn how to create social change. In honor of the 50th anniversary of Mississippi’s Freedom Schools, students will also learn about the legacy of Freedom Schools. Gina’ H. and Khadijah W., both...
Location: Thurgood Marshall Center
Dates Of Project: July-August 2014
Partner: Cathedral Scholars
For a second consecutive summer, Critical Exposure is partnering with Cathedral Scholars, a summer program run by Washington National Cathedral that selects 15 honor-roll students from D.C. high schools and offers them a rigorous college preparatory program. Scholars will be using photography and political education discussions to explore the ways their personal identity connects them to...
Location: Thurgood Marshall Center
Dates Of Project: June-August 2014
Critical Exposure is holding our second annual Summer Youth Facilitators Institute. Six young leaders from our programs were hired as staff and trained in our curriculum and teaching methods. They have been placed in pairs and assigned a program staff mentor. Those trios are running our summer programs with youth through the Cathedral Scholars, Powell House, and the Prince George's County Freedom...