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|O nas||Critical Exposure teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change.|
Through partnerships with youth programs and advocacy organizations, we seek to create a connection between art and advocacy using a three-pronged approach that focuses on:
1. Youth Empowerment – Provide students with training in documentary photography, leadership, and advocacy; teach them how to document issues that impact their lives; and help them to use their images and voices to advocate for positive solutions to those issues.
2. Public Engagement – Inform and engage the public by using students’ photographs and writing to create traveling exhibits that can be shown in galleries, libraries, coffee shops, and other public spaces to increase awareness of the issues facing young people.
3. Policy Change – Partner with advocacy and community organizations to implement creative strategies that use youth photography and voices to strengthen campaigns to improve our schools and our communities
2012 Finalist for the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
PhotoPhilanthropy Activist Award in the Community Based Organization category
Common Folk Award for "Most Creative Way to use Art for Social Change" from One Common Unity
2013 Winner of the Mayor’s Arts Award in “Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education”