APA style Be sure to address the following: 1. What is the specific problem/concern 2. Who is affected by the issue? 3. How are children, families and the community being affected? 4. Why does the issue need to be addressed now? 5. Where is the problem the greatest? 6. When is intervention needed to avoid negative consequences? 7. What intervention is needed? 8. Who is your target audience (who are you trying to influence/get to take action on the issue) and why they are in a position to help? B. Provide an opening thesis statement that outlines the general topic and the author’s main assertion, comment or position on the topic.