Exposure Camp, A Project of the Greater Centennial CDC is a creative program for 13-18 year olds primarily in the Bronx and Mt. Vernon area, catering also to the five boros and beyond to explore using digital media for content, app and web creation. In an effort to bridge the digital divide we serve teens in underserved communities guiding them in building a digital footprint, teaching tangible skills like programming, design and content creation. Time is also spent introducing them to careers in digital media, programming and design driven careers that utilize technology.
Exposure Camp was conceived in October 2011 and started running workshops in Spring 2012. Founded by Tina Shoulders, a graphic/ surface designer, who presently teaches at the Fashion Institute of Technology and is founder of the startup Todayships. Exposure Camp is based in the Bronx, and travels doing pop up workshops in community, recreation centers, schools, after school programs and religious intuitions.
- To make sure that the youth in underserved communities are aware of careers relating to digital technology
- To ensure the youth have a connection to someone that looks like them in a related field of interest
- To ensure that these same youth understand that social and digital media has a place for their ideas, dreams and passions.
- Help them realize they must create content, not simply consume it. Make them believe they can create something bigger than facebook and youtube
- Encourage them to pursue creative digital careers
- Foster a generation of digital creatives
- Teach tangible digital creation skills
Youth between the ages of 13-18 are uninhibited and have a wealth of creativity, which if nurtured at an early age and exposed to the benefits of content creation can revitalize their communities.