Community Empowerment Paper

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Empowerment in regard to community settings is a shared movement to enhance the quality of life of individuals in a specific community. While organization empowerment, can be defined as systems that encourage member participation as well as reaching goals. The term empowerment is complex and develops over time, although it can deteriorate as well. On an organizational level, empowerment of individuals is developed from specific characteristics within the organization that foster feelings of empowerment. The individuals who are a part of the organization feel connected to the characteristics and in turn feel more empowered due to the features of the organization. However, before individuals can feel empowered citizen participation must be maintained. …show more content…
Those who seek action within their communities are typically motivated by core values that they hold. These core values may range anywhere from spiritual foundations to social justice. Relative to the Corner, the members of the inner-city neighborhood are likely to share a number of core values, including ones that relate to the justice system and the skewed government assistance programs. The people who are members of the Corner have all at some point experienced extreme difficulty in receiving the appropriate help that they need due to their mere social status and lack of resources. If an intervention program is placed into the community, it would need to allow the members of the community to feel that by being a part of the program their core values are being addressed and recognized. Further, it is imperative to understand that the values of those on the Corner may be atypical, but nonetheless, relevant to the lifestyle that is lived on the Corner. In order to reach those who are on the Corner a program needs to show respect for the values that some of the Corner members hold. Gary McCullough often discusses an example of one of these odd core values that wouldn’t normally be accepted by society. He talks about capers and how he doesn’t consider getting a caper a crime, since there is no violence or physical harm done. It is clear in his …show more content…
In an organization that fosters empowerment, individuals feel there is an environment in which they can connect deeply with other members. In some communities this would bode well and happen naturally, but regarding the Corner neighborhood, the sense of community or even support systems may fail to emerge. The members of the Corner work together to keep the drug market operating, so in turn, members are not outwardly supportive of each other. In an environment where individuals of the Corner are brought together, where they can develop genuine relationships and a strong support system they could potentially feel more empowered. The program would need to focus on support systems especially, considering that people such as Fran Boyd, didn’t have much support once she was out of treatment. Her friends and family were encouraging when she left but when she came back the Corner hadn’t changed and she felt pressured to fall back into her old ways. With a strong support system within an organization that has a relational environment, addicts such as Fran or other members of the community, may feel more empowered in their own lives as well as the Corner

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