About Us Critical Exposure CE d5258c5e-0d3e-4578-90a7-6f1370c8e869 Critical Exposure is a nonprofit that teaches youth to use the power of photography and their own voices to become effective advocates for school reform and social change. Adam Levner Executive Director & Co-Founder -- Adam is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Critical Exposure. Previously, Adam worked as a fifth grade teacher and then as a community organizer with Stand for Children, where he led successful reform efforts at the local and state level that resulted in over $20 million annually in additional revenue for the severely under-funded Prince George's County, MD school district. Adam has also worked as an education consultant for the Center for Community Change and as a freelance photographer. Adam attended Tufts University and received a Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate from the Georgetown University Center for Public & Nonprofit Leadership. Named one of the Youth Empowerment Coalition's "Leading Young Change-Makers," Adam has been profiled in the National Journal, the Baltimore Sun, Roll Call, and Tufts University Magazine. Alison Hanold Development & Communications Director -- Prior to her role at Critical Exposure, Alison worked the media for social change field, and worked with independent documentary filmmakers at the Center for Social Media. Alison volunteers for a number of organizations throughout DC, including Women in Film and Video where she curated and moderated the Kids World Film Festival, and AFI SilverDocs where she has sat on the documentary selection committee for the past three years. Alison received her Masters in Arts Management at American University, and received her B.A. in Digital Cinema at DePaul University in Chicago, IL. Andrew Anastasi Program Manager -- Before assuming his current role, Andrew spent three years facilitating Critical Exposure programs with D.C. youth. He is a native of the D.C. area and a graduate of Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he studied Film, Cultural Studies, and English. A former intern for Twin Cities Public Television, Andrew is interested in social movements, popular education, and the intersection of culture and politics. Emma Scott Photography & Advanced Programs Coordinator -- After two years as a VISTA with Critical Exposure, Emma is now responsible for coordinating photography and advanced programs as well as expanding our presence on a national level. Additionally, she is currently pursuing her Master's Degree at the Corcoran College of Art + Design in New Media Photojournalism. In 2010, as a double-major at Bates College, she completed her French thesis on the photographic representation of the genocide in Rwanda and secured grant money to travel to Rwanda to create her own photographic documentation of the country for her photography thesis. She spent multiple summers teaching photography at a rural summer camp and to newly arrived refugees in New York City. Dominique Barron AmeriCorps*VISTA -- Dominique received a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University where she studied Government, Japanese and Studio Art. She first started working with youth as an English as a Second Language tutor while at Georgetown. She will begin her second year as an AmeriCorps*VISTA at Critical Exposure this November and is particularly interested in helping the organization build a stronger youth-based community presence in D.C. and throughout the nation. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Dominique has had a long-term interest in social change, youth and the power of the arts and loves working at Critical Exposure because it combines all three. Fatimah Martin AmeriCorps*VISTA -- A recent graduate of the University of New Mexico with a degree in Political Science, Fatimah's collegiate career experiences were varied. She participated in the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program in Washington D.C. as a Rangel Scholar, spent a semester abroad in Rome studying the art and history of Italy, and studied the African presence in Mexico. In addition to travel, Fatimah's diverse interests and experiences also include photography. She credits this passion to her participation in Critical Exposure's 2006 project Fulfilling the Promise of School Segregation Cases in Albuquerque, NM, where she documented the conditions of her high school. Lauren Traugott-Campbell AmeriCorps*VISTA -- Coming from a community organizing background, Lauren became interested in documentary work as an empowering medium through which to create social change. After studying at Duke University's Center for Documentary Studies, she interned with Promedios, a non-profit in Chiapas, Mexico that teaches documentary skills to indigenous groups in the region. Lauren graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2011 where she studied Global Issues, Spanish, and Theater Design. Critical Exposure Board of Directors Amanda Alexander Instructional Superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools Keith Bickel Senior Vice President, Bank of America Ryan Compton Senior Associate, DLA Piper Betty Feng Federal Practice - Manager, Deloitte Consuting LLP Avni Gupta-Kagan Senior Director, EPIC-DC Partnership, New Leaders John Kern Director, Community Wealth Partners, Inc. Adam Levner Executive Director, Critical Exposure (Ex Officio) Rebecca Renard Director, Inquiring Minds Consulting Heather Rieman Senior Policy Advisor, US Dept. of Education; Co-Founder, Critical Exposure Board Members Emeritus Dr. Fred Frelow Program Officer, Ford Foundation (Emeritus, Founding Member) Dr. John Jackson President, Schott Foundation for Public Education (Emeritus, Founding Member) Eliza Leighton Director of Strategic Initiatives, CASA de Maryland (Emerita, Founding Member) Lee Whack Public Relations Manager, District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency Critical Exposure Sponsors Critical Exposure would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support. These supporters, in addition to our many committed individual donors, make our work possible. Clark-Winchcole Foundation Commonweal Foundation Community Foundation for the National Capital Region The Share Fund Crowell & Moring Foundation DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Harman Family Foundation Herb Block Foundation Horning Family Fund Humanities Council of Washington, DC Johnson Family Foundation Luther I. Replogle Foundation Meyer Foundation Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Prince Charitable Trusts Critical Exposure In-Kind Sponsors Deloitte DLA Piper Fair Chance Pentax Pilot Imaging RAFFA, PC The Webster Group Critical Exposure Partners Our Partners -- Critical Exposure partners with community organizing and advocacy groups, youth organizations, and public schools around the country to teach our workshops on documentary photography and social advocacy and support campaigns for change. To get in touch, please view the "Contact Us" page: http://www.criticalexposure.org/contact-us Community Organizing Groups Advocacy Groups Youth Organizations Public Schools Gordon Parks Society The Gordon Parks Society is Critical Exposure's way to honor the spirit of Parks' work, while recognizing the key role our dedicated donors play in continuing his legacy. Gordon Parks was best known as a photojournalist. He first came to prominence as a social documentarian for his stark portrayal of poverty and race as Life magazine's first black photographer, and for his pictures documenting America's civil rights movement. Critical Exposure Partner Organizations Advancement Project America's Promise Children's Hospital Community Law In Action DC Alliance of Youth Advocates DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities DC Scores Education Law Center Eco City Farms Fair Chance FotoDC Georgetown University Cause Consulting Good Schools Pennsylvania Greater DC Cares Higher Achievement Program IDRA Kid Power DC Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Center Martha's Table Maryland ACLU Metro TeenAIDS M.O.M.I.E's TLC Partners of the Americas Perry School Philadelphia Mural Arts Program Public Education Network Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting Sasha Bruce Independent Living Program Sitar Arts Center We Act Radio Wide Angle Media World Vision Youth Empowerment Program Young Women's Project Youth Education Alliance Youth United for Change Critical Exposure Public School Partners Eastern Senior High School, Washington, D.C. Luke C. Moore High School, Washington, D.C. Roosevelt Senior High School, Washington, D.C. Washington Metropolitan High School, Washington, D.C. Critical Exposure Consultants & Volunteers Volunteers with skills in grantwriting, accounting, event planning, PR/marketing, and photography are particularly helpful. If you're interested in volunteering or in an unpaid internship, please [visit] http://salsa3.salsalabs.com/o/50914/p/salsa/web/common/public/signup?signup_page_KEY=7878 Monette Austin Bailey Grantwriting Geoff Chesman Photography Bess Dopkeen Event Planning & Volunteer Management Tatyana Dimitrova Communications Lauren Gleason Event Planning Jen Harris Exhibit Design Michelle White Press & Communications Jaime Windon Photography c1969651-d2c8-4923-aee8-ad170b45c0a6 To teach youth how to use the power of photography and their own voices to advocate for the opportunities and resources they need to succeed. 0dd51b78-de7f-44f1-9823-581321c9105b Photography Our History -- Prior to founding Critical Exposure, our founders worked in education policy, teaching and community organizing, and we have both been life-long photography enthusiasts. Through our experiences in education and education advocacy, we found that, while the students in low-income public schools were often discussed, analyzed, and critiqued, they were rarely asked to contribute to the conversation. Assumptions have been made on their behalf for decades. When crucial decisions were made that would affect the education and future of these students, their voices were blatantly absent. The injustices of the education system against youth were being allowed to continue and worsen, in part due to the country's ability to turn a blind eye to the conditions in schools serving low-income children. Communication CE founders felt compelled to create a communication method that would inject student voices into policy conversations about education, and into the general population's consciousness about the state of public schools. What better way to give youth a voice than through images captured from their perspective? Photography & Advocacy Empower youth and youth-serving organizations to participate in the democratic process through an approach that combines photography and advocacy d4b698c7-46fd-45fb-81c7-8ef77e92f6be Youth Youth-Serving Organizations We empower youth and youth-serving organizations to participate in the democratic process through an approach that combines photography and advocacy to facilitate: Youth Empowerment Train students in documentary photography, leadership, and advocacy ... 44b01818-02a3-4cf7-8e54-8362d0428b09 1 Students Schools Communities Train students in documentary photography, leadership, and advocacy; teach them to document issues affecting their lives; and help them to use their images and voices to build support for changes to improve their schools and communities. 889ff2bd-39f0-4493-baa3-be4df2038d8d Public Engagement Inform and engage the public by using students' photographs and writing to create traveling exhibits ... e8028d46-8e43-4dac-aa5a-d8121f552fa6 2 The Public Students Galleries Libraries Coffee Shops Public Spaces Youth in Low-Income Communities Inform and engage the public by using students' photographs and writing to create traveling exhibits for galleries, libraries, coffee shops, and other public spaces to increase awareness of challenges facing youth in low-income communities. 85fbef8b-862a-43e5-b549-8fc3e3d4699e Real Change Provide students with the tools and opportunity to advocate for concrete and policy solutions ... 04f4c7cd-56db-4597-955c-0de4db046071 3 Students Advocacy Organizations Community Organizations Provide students with the tools and opportunity to advocate for concrete and policy solutions that directly impact their lives in partnership with advocacy and community organizations and other allies. 685e49cc-041c-4f77-a068-b64356d80c5e 2013-08-16 http://www.criticalexposure.org/about-us Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.