Modern trends in social work and activism adopt the community-based programs approach. As the name suggests, Community-based programs refer to a range of policies, designs and courses of action that are initiated to serve a community within their setting. These policies are implemented across sectoral areas in a community such as education, health, environment, children and women and youth.
Communities are a group of people in a defined geographical area who share a culture of means of livelihood. As these groups of people interact, they encounter many challenges. The challenges prevalent in communities differ in intensity and frequency.
The CAPCO programs under the CAPCO community-based organization in Cortland, New York is a phenomenal example of the achievements of community-based practices. This program advocates for improved living conditions, dignity and self-reliance within the SOCIETY with the end goal of eliminating poverty.
Community-based programs spin out of the need to build on local capacities of the people. The guiding principle is that since it is the people in a community who confront a challenge, they should also be the same people who come up with solutions. By so doing, the program acquires the blessing and further input from the affected community. Community-based programs are the most natural remedies for societal ills.
This model has become very successful all around the world and now provides a blueprint on which community-based programs operate. They are unique in their extent of reach within a society, and the commendable success margins experienced. It is worth to note that Community based programs harness the potential of communal socio-economic capacities.
The CAPCO program is very ambitious and contains a thorough working strategy targeting individuals, families and the community as a whole. The Poverty cycle exists and must be fought at these three points. The organization relies on strategic partnerships with various stakeholders in the community as well as its own human and financial capacity.
A community-based program must always abide by a set of values that help it gain appeal and traction. The CAPCO program commits to understanding and tapping the capacity of the community, cooperation, and partnership, accountability for resources and results, participation and respect for self and society.
In conclusion, community-based programs act as repair mechanisms to the torn fabric sections of society. These actions translate to better ways of living, better livelihoods as well as the socio-economic empowerment of marginalized groups.