Past

Fellowship Program 2013-2014

Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Issue: 
School-to-Prison Pipeline
Dates Of Project: 
Ongoing

Is the world of “policy” accessible to youth? Can youth do more than point out what’s wrong in their schools?

MOMIE's TLC

Location: 
Ward 4, Washington, D.C.
Dates Of Project: 
6/2012 - 8/2012

This summer Critical Exposure partnered with Youth Ambassadors at M.O.M.I.E.’s TLC, a youth organization based in D.C.’s Ward 4. Students discussed high rates of homelessness throughout the city and the need for improved facilities for the homeless. They also documented how high crime rates affect their communities and why better youth employment opportunities are important for education and community improvement.

Young Women's Project

Location: 
Washington, DC
Dates Of Project: 
6/2012 - 8/2012

This summer Critical Exposure partnered with the Young Women’s Project. We trained youth allies in their Foster Care Campaign on how to use photography and writing to enhance their advocacy efforts around the Foster Care Youth Rights Act, which was recently introduced into the D.C. Council and is now in a working group. Youth documented the rights that all foster care youth are guaranteed but which have not been respected under the current regulations. They also used juxtaposition to show positive examples of the rights all youth should enjoy.

Metro TeenAIDS

Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Dates Of Project: 
6/2012 - 8/2012

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.

Seed-to-Feed

Location: 
Bladensburg, MD
Dates Of Project: 
6/2012 - 8/2012

This summer, Critical Exposure worked in Prince George’s County, Maryland, partnering with Eco City Farms and the Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center in Bladensburg. We worked with youth in the summer “Seed to Feed” program – which trained youth to be peer educators in food justice, health, and nutrition – and taught them how to use photography to advocate for improved access to fresh fruits and vegetables in their community.

World Vision

Location: 
Ward 4, Washington, D.C.
Dates Of Project: 
6/2012 - 8/2012

This summer Critical Exposure partnered with World Vision's Youth Empowerment Program and the Latin American Youth Center at Roosevelt Senior High School. Students discussed the underlying causes of high teenage pregnancy rates, and the lack of communication resources for ESL students and their families.  Students then created community partnership campaigns around these two issues by composing letters to organizations currently working towards intervention practices for both issues. 

We Act Radio

Location: 
Ward 8, Washington, D.C.
Dates Of Project: 
6/2012 - 8/2012

For the second year in a row, Critical Exposure partnered with the DCCAH to work with youth participating in the Summer Youth Employment Program. These youth were based at We Act Radio, an independent radio station on MLK Ave in Anacostia.

Children's National Hospital

Location: 
Washington, D.C.
Dates Of Project: 
6/2012 - 8/2012

Critical Exposure partnered with a teen group at Children's Hospital this summer to investigate issues of sexual health, with a particular focus on the lack of sex education in schools. Students explored photos taken by people with HIV/AIDS from around the globe and eventually took to the streets of D.C. to document any signs of public education around sexual health. The youth interviewed individuals who they encountered on the streets about these issues, spent a day at the World AIDS conference and wrote letters to their principals about the need for sexual education in schools.

EXHIBIT: SEE CHANGE: Youth -> Cameras -> Action!

Date: 
May 23, 2012
Location: 
The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC (Eastern Market)

Please join us for our 7th annual exhibit of D.C. student photos and writing, "SEE CHANGE: Youth -> Cameras -> Action!" We'll be hosting an opening reception on Wednesday, May 23rd from 6-9pm - come help us celebrate the students' amazing work!

Many Languages One Voice

Location: 
Ward 1, Washington, D.C.
Issue: 
Language access
Dates Of Project: 
1/2012 - 6/2012
Partner: 
Many Languages One Voice (MLOV)

Critical Exposure is partnering with Many Languages One Voice (MLOV), a non-profit organization in the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood of D.C. that is focused on improving language access rights for English Language Learners. Our MLOV youth will be working on two projects this semester: the first is to conduct interviews and photograph the stories of English language learners. This project will be a part of a report that MLOV is releasing in honor of Language Access Month which is in April.