The purpose of this assignment is for you to apply the knowledge that you acquire throughout the course to a real-world community problem, and become familiar with one specific organization that targets your chosen community problem. The paper requires you to THINK about what you are learning and APPLY it to a specific problem.
Your first tasks are to identify a community problem of interest to you and an organization that focuses on that problem. For example, if you chose HIV/AIDS as your problem, you could use The Minority AIDS Project (http://www.map-usa.org/html/greeting.html) for your organization. Then complete the following in 1,750-2,000 words.
- Community Problem. Identify a community problem, include examples of the problem manifested; integrating material from online sources (e.g., magazines, newspapers) in order to bring the problem to life for the reader. You should also include statistics from a reputable source to support your claim that this is a problem that needs to be addressed. To help support your paper include at least two peer reviewed journal articles that support the topic.
- Description of the Organization. Provide a brief overview of the organization with an emphasis on a description of the intervention and action approaches utilized by the organization.
- Analysis of Approaches. Discuss how the programs and activities of the organization are or are not consistent with intervention and action strategies in community psychology. How could you describe the intervention in community psychology terms? In addition, use community psychology ideas to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the intervention strategies.
- Action in your Community. Describe how you would replicate this program in your own community. How would you disseminate findings about the program to make others aware of the services? How would you educate the community for support of the program?
Use six to eight scholarly, peer-reviewed resources to support your explanations.