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Critical Exposure, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/18/2014: Critical Exposure, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: CRITICAL EXPOSURE INC

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Critical Exposure, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 04/18/2014: Critical Exposure, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: CRITICAL EXPOSURE INC

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Physical Address: Washington, DC 20009 
EIN: 26-2829875
Web URL: www.criticalexposure.org 
NTEE Category: O Youth Development
O50 Youth Development Programs
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R20 Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups
A Arts, Culture, and Humanities
A40 Visual Arts Organizations
Ruling Year: 2008 
How This Organization Is Funded: Foundation Grants - $100,000
Individual Donors - $40,000
Earned Income/Contracts - $35,000


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Mission Statement

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:

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Fiscal Year Starting: September 1, 2011
Fiscal Year Ending: August 31, 2012

Total Revenue $373,000
Total Expenses $315,000

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Adam Levner

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Adam Levner 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 in Prince George’s County, MD. 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, Baltimore Sun, Roll Call, and Tufts University Magazine and is a member of Leadership Greater Washington.

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Programs

Program: Photography & advocacy training for children and youth (GuideStar Exchange,
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Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Program Description:

Critical Exposure partners with schools, afterschool programs, and youth groups to provide students with an innovative, hands-on training program that teaches students visual and written literacy skills.  Through a series of workshops, students have the opportunity to: identify issues that impact their lives; develop “shot lists” of images that will help tell their stories; take photographs and write captions, poetry and essays; identify potential exhibit sites and venues; give presentations at exhibit openings and public events; speak to the media; and testify publicly and directly to policymakers about their photographs and the need for positive solutions to problems that affect their daily lives. Students also discuss specific audiences they want to reach, strategies for reaching them, and their messages.  These audiences include the community at large, the media, and policymakers in a position to address their concerns.  After developing a game plan, students put their ideas into action.  This practical experience helps students to develop leadership and advocacy skills, to recognize the power of their own voices, and to take responsibility for seeking solutions to problems they care about.  Students learn that they can translate their ideas and views into actions that can lead to positive changes in their schools and communities.

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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit

To date Critical Exposure has worked with more than 450 students in D.C., New Orleans, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Austin, and Albuquerque.  Participating students have learned to use photography as a both a vehicle for self-expression and an advocacy tool. Thousands of people have seen the students’ images through public exhibits, community events, legislative hearings, and media coverage, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, PBS, NPR, The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Perhaps most importantly, the students and their images have helped effect significant reforms in public education. Our largest and most recent victory occurred in Pennsylvania where, thanks to the work of our partners and the impact of the students’ photographs and testimony, the General Assembly increased funding for public schools by $275 million and adopted a fairer system for distributing that funding. We are currently working with students in D.C. to document the factors that they believe contribute to the city's dropout crisis and in New Orleans to document public school conditions after Hurricane Katrina.
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