Critical Exposure

Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. We empower youth and youth-serving organizations to participate in the democratic process through an approach that combines photography and advocacy to facilitate: Youth Empowerment - Train students in documentary photography, leadership, and advocacy; teach them to document issues affecting their lives; and help them to use their images and voices to build support for changes to improve their schools and communities. Public Engagement - Inform and engage the public by using students' photographs and w...
Aug 7, 2013

Walk in Students' Shoes

This summer we passed the mic - our students are teaching our classes! We launched our first-ever Summer Youth Facilitator Institute, and trained three star students -- Malik, Khadijah, and Anaise -- to work with other youth and teach them to use photography as a tool for social change. Together the SYFI teachers are working with three groups of youth - Cathedral ScholarsDC Promise Neighborhood Initiative, and Guerilla Arts Ink. Check out the photo below to see what they've created!

Also, CE Fellow Orlando is interning this summer with the Advancement Project. This interview asks him about his work with CE and his fight for solutions to the school-to-prison pipeline!

May 3, 2013

DC Met students want to change the rules!

Students are tired of ineffective and unexplained disciplinary policies at DC Met and other schools. They'd like to see a shift towards restorative justice -- a proven alternative to zero-tolerance disciplinary policies. Click here to read a New York Times article on how restorative justice policies are being used in Oakland schools.

DC Met students are not alone in their push for restorative justice. CE's Fellows have been advocating for these alternative discipline programs in all D.C. schools - and their work was recently the subject of a Washington Post front page feature!

Thank you for all of your support - our work would not be possible without dedicated supporters like you!

Mar 7, 2013

CE Fellows declare "Homework Not Handcuffs!

Lucky
Lucky

 

CE's Fellowship students from D.C. high schools are launching their campaign for solutions to the school-to-prison-pipeline!They're tired of seeing (and being) pushed out of school and into the criminal justice system for being low-income youth of color.

The Fellows are advocating for restorative justice programs in all D.C. public schools. Restorative justice programs seek to build stronger relationships between students and their school communities through teacher and staff training and student-led initiatives like peer juries.
One student, Sean (aka "Lucky") documented police officers harassing a student before school one morning. "I took this photo because I saw how the police were harassing the student."
Sean aka Lucky
Sean aka Lucky
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