This week inPOINTS celebrates Washington D.C. and the District of Learning. This summer inPOINTS spent a hot and humid week visiting some of the great programs serving young people in our nation’s capital.
Critical Exposure is a non-for-profit that participates with District of Learning in DC. They partner with high schools and afterschool programs to help train youth to use photography and advocacy to make real change in their schools and communities.
Critical Exposure uses visual storytelling to allow students to address issues, to give them the ability to fight for solutions, and to hold their schools and communities accountable.
“We work with young people who are in DCPS high schools and older youth who are in alternative schools who have been pushed out of ordinary schools,” Felica Ramos, Program Director at Critical Exposure, said.
“We teach them photography and organizing and essentially how to make change in their school community and their local community”
The students use their images to launch campaigns and their photos are shared publically through traveling exhibits in galleries, libraries, and other public spaces.
“We teach them photography and organizing and essentially how to make change in their school community and their local community,” Ramos said.
Since 2004, the students participating in Critical Exposure have helped secure over 500 million in education funds.
“We want them to see themselves as agents of change,” Ramos said.