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I learned that the conditions of the school were unsafe and that we deserve better learning space than this.
Critical Exposure partnered with Metro TeenAIDS, an organization committed to training youth to serve as peer educators on sexual health and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. We worked with their Young Women of Color Leadership Council, training students in the skills of photography, writing, and advocacy. Youth documented the lives of young people in D.C., interviewed D.C. youth and adults the sex education they have received, and drafted recommendations for how sex education can be strengthened in the District. They displayed their photos at the “We Can End AIDS” march and rally for human justice during the International AIDS conference, and this fall they will meet with school officials at the D.C. Office of the State Superintendent of Education to advocate for improvements to sex education teacher training and curriculum.