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Malik's Multimedia Piece from Critical Exposure on Vimeo.

Summer Youth Facilitator Institute 2014 from Critical Exposure on Vimeo.

Critical Exposure Campaigns by Stone Soup from Critical Exposure on Vimeo.

Critical Exposure Yearbook | 2013-2014 from Critical Exposure on Vimeo.

CE Fellow Delonte narrates the 2013-2014 school year at Critical Exposure.

Film made by Delonte W.a
Photos by CE students 2013-2014

The Case for Restorative Justice from Critical Exposure on Vimeo.

For the third year in a row, we hosted a Multimedia Boot Camp, where youth in our Fellowship Program created two multimedia pieces with the help of local photojournalists and videographers. These videos expand our student’s skills, and teach them about how visual storytelling can lead to concrete change.

The first piece was created by fourth-year Fellow Malik. In it he shares a personal reflection of how restorative justice could have prevented him from leaving the public school system. In the second piece, Fellows Anaise, Delonte, Maya, and Nadia collaborated to tell the story of the Fellow’s two-year journey to implement restorative justice in D.C. public schools.

We want to acknowledge the 2014 multimedia mentors: Liane Scott, Lishan Amde, Liz Lynch, and Allison Shelley.

Students Fight to End Zero-Tolerance at their School from Critical Exposure on Vimeo.

Check out what went on during the 2012-2013 school year!

Critical Exposure Yearbook 2012-2013 from Critical Exposure on Vimeo.

The School-to-Prison Pipeline from Critical Exposure on Vimeo.

This video is a collaborative creation of Critical Exposure's Fellowship program. The students worked with local professional photojournalists and students to create this multimedia piece.

"See Change: Malik" - 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: