Critical Exposure – Empowering Our Youth Through Photography

by Shani on October 22, 2012

Youth Photography Critical Exposure Brookland NE Washington DC

Self Portrait of Tavish, a 9th grader at Brookland’s Luke C. Moore High School

I recently learned about Critical Exposure, a non-profit organization that teaches youth about photography and how they can use it to advocate for school reform and social change. Brookland’s own Luke C. Moore High School is one of the four partner schools in Critical Exposure’s program. The photo above was taken at an  exhibition of works by Critical Exposure students currently on display at the Children’s National Medical Center (111 Michigan Avenue, NW). From their website:

The policy changes required to ensure adequacy and equity in our schools and communities won’t happen without widespread recognition of injustice and a collective sense of responsibility to address it. Critical Exposure seeks to empower youth to provide this necessary light. Our students have documented inadequate school facilities, poor school nutrition, teen pregnancy, youth homelessness and unemployment, and the causes and consequences of dropping out of school, among other issues. Our youth have contributed their images and stories to successful campaigns for more than $400 million in additional funding for public schools.

They, of course, could use donations, but there are also a myriad of ways you could volunteer to support this organization and its good work.

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