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The policy paper will be divided into four sections. In Part 1 you will address what you consider a current social problem that impacts people negatively. Please be sure and narrow down your topic as to make it manageable. Instead of doing homelessness, you would be advised to narrow it down to something such as “Homeless Veterans in Urban Areas.” If you were covering inequities in the US criminal justice system you might narrow it down to “The mass incarceration of non-violent Black males ages 18—25.” As you address a current social problem, please demonstrate how it is a problem, who it impacts and why, and for how long. Please attach statistics and data which support that your problem is indeed a problem.
In Part 2 you will address current policy that impacts your topic, both positively and negatively. In highlighting policy on your topic, it would be good to delve into the history of the policy that seeks to address or that even exacerbates your social problem.
In Part 3 you will present an enhanced policy or propose some new policy to address the problem situation. In proposing your new policy be specific as to how the policy will address the issues in question. In Part 4 you will present an advocacy plan. Where will you start in your advocacy efforts? Who will speak with and network with to further your plan? What activities of advocacy will you carry out and who will be involved with you?
PART 1: Social Problem. 1 to 1.5 pages.
PART 2: Policy Pertaining. 1 to 1.5 pages.
PART 3: Policy Enhancement or Proposal. 1.5 to 2 pages.
PART 4: Policy Advocacy. 1 to 1.5 pages.
*Must have a total of at least 6 different sources. APA 7 student style required. Page amounts include only narrative text (minus title page, abstract (not required), and references). 4 ½ — 6 ½ pages. Penalties will be imposed on papers that fall under 4 ½ pages and over 7 pages and which do not follow APA 7 student paper guidelines.