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Critical Exposure taught us to take pictures of our everyday lives so we can get in touch with people who do not understand what is going on in the DC public schools.
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Critical Exposure is a D.C.-based nonprofit that empowers youth to use photography and their own voices as tools for school reform and social change.
"See Change: Malik" - This year, Critical Exposure’s Fellowship Program participated in our first ever Multimedia Workshop. The workshop partnered each fellow with a professional photojournalist to create a 2-4 minute multimedia story comprised of our students’ photos, audio and video. The nine-hour, weekend workshop involved software program introductions, 1:1 work, and group critiques. At the end of the day, students emerged with: nearly completed multimedia pieces; a solid understanding of computer programs (such as Garage Band, Soundslides, and Final Cut Pro); and new mentors. Since the workshop, students have worked with Critical Exposure staff to put final touches on their pieces and to organize them into one larger story. We believe that these individual stories, once combined, will create a dialogue about the diverse range of issues facing high school students on the path to graduation, as well as provide concrete suggestions for ways that schools can face these issues head-on. This workshop could not have happened without the incredible support and dedication of our professional mentors: Amanda Lucidon, Mike Zemrose, Bethany Swain, Shea Craighead, Whitney Shefte, and Andrew Harnik.
"See Change: YOUTH --> CAMERAS --> ACTION!" - During the Spring of 2012, youth at Critical Exposure worked with professional photojournalists during a one day multimedia bootcamp. The youth chose to address issues surrounding the current dropout crisis including; sex-education, lack of strong peer-teacher relationships, lack of arts programming, and bullying.
"Javonte Speaks Out" - a video recording of Javonte, Critical Exposure student leader at The Washington Metropolitan High School, sharing his story and speaking out at a rally of more than 200 people in Baltimore. Javonte speaks about how he and his peers have been fighting for the funds to create a library in their high school. Critical Exposure students attended the rally in support of youth who had organized to protest the construction of a new youth jail: