The work of a human service leader

This is a 1000–1250 word narrative paper supported with reputable sources that describe the community in which you work, or would like to work, as a human services leader.

As a human services leader, it is critical to understand the context of your practice. While your daily work may focus on activities within your organization and a specific community population with unique needs, the organization is designed to serve a geographic community. While communities can take many different forms, for this assignment, you are to focus on a geographic service area as your community—at the city or county level. Once you identify and define the geographic service area, you must describe your community—its characteristics, resources, needs, demographics, and history. To structure your narrative, you will need to highlight the significant events and trends that impact Talcott Parsons’s societal institutions: government, economy, religion, education, and family, as well as a newer institution of community communication via websites. To complete this assignment, you will need to use reputable sources, such as government sites, agency sites, local news, and museums.

As you are pulling your ideas together, consider these questions about your community:

Who lives there (demographics)? How has the population changed over time?
What are the resources for the area?
What are the significant historical events that impacted the community?
What are the geographical community’s pressing issues?
How are websites addressing the community’s information needs?
How could these newer media approaches be more effective?
Note: You are to complete a cohesive and integrative narrative, so refrain from attempting to answer these questions like a take-home exam.

the community I have chosen is Columbia, SC

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