Research on a Community Organization
To introduce the paper, please first explain the type of community organization and which community/ies they work with. (For example, is it an Asian American youth organization working on school reform? Is it a labor/community group trying to organize ballpark concession workers? This section should be brief and cover the basics: name, location, base (who are the members/community?), agenda (what are they fighting for?), etc. Which organization did you chose? Why? What is the mission statement (could be found under “mission statement” or “about” section) of this organization? Which organization did you chose? Why? What is the mission statement (could be found under “mission statement” or “about” section) of this organization?
Section #2: History and Background of the Organization
Describe the context (political, economic, etc.) under which the organization was founded. Explain what conditions the founders were responding to. In this section, please be detailed as to founding dates, people, mission and vision statements and early campaigns. (For example, did the organization begin by organizing low-income tenants in a fight against evictions? Or, was the founding in response to a particular incident, like the shooting death of a community member at the hands of the police).
Section #3: Areas of work and communities of focus.
(More details from section #1) What communities do they focus on? What are areas of change does this organization focus on? What are past campaigns? How do this create change? What are examples of campaigns or actions they have done in the past or they’re currently working on? The goal of this section—and the paper as a whole—is to showcase your understanding of how (and why) the organization conducts its work. How (e.g., door knocking, house meetings, town halls, etc.) and among whom do they organize? (e.g., house cleaners, day laborers, high school students, food service workers, a specific racial/ethnic community, etc.).
Section #4: Reflection/Analysis
In your opinion, why is this organization important? What stood out for you about this organization? What more would you want to know about this organization and their work. How does this relate to community organizing, policy work and direct services. Your analysis is important here.