Frequently Asked Questions

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WHAT IS ALCYPAA?
The mission of the Alabama Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (ALCYPAA) is to carry the message of A.A. through speaker meetings, workshops, fellowship activities, and an annual state-wide conference. The goal of these events is to promote service, unity, and recovery to alcoholics of all ages. The creation of committees offers an opportunity for anyone seeking recovery to explore the practice of service through A.A’s Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts for World Service.
ARE YPAA GROUPS REALLY PART OF A.A.?
Yes! Young People’s Groups in Alcoholics Anonymous began appearing around 1945 in Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, and now they can be found all across North America. In 1958, a meeting of young AA’s from across the U.S. and Canada started what is now the International Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (ICYPAA), and it has met on an annual basis ever since. At the 1960 AA Convention, Bill W. noted that the age of new members was much lower than when he and Dr. Bob founded AA 25 years earlier. In a letter to ICYPAA dated June 15, 1969, Bill wrote “…in recent years I have found nothing for greater inspiration than the knowledge that AA of tomorrow will be safe, and certainly magnificent, in the keeping of you who are the younger generation of AA today.”
WHAT IS THE THEME OF THIS YEAR'S CONFERENCE?
The theme for ALCYPAA 2017 is “Rescued from shipwreck” and comes from page 17 of the Big Book, which reads: “We are like the passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain’s table.  Unlike the feelings of the ship’s passengers, however, our joy in escape from disaster does not subside as we go our individual ways.  The feeling of having shared in a common peril is one element in the powerful cement which binds us. But that in itself would never have held us together as we are now joined. ”
WHAT CAN I EXPECT?
  • Speaker Meetings
  • Topic panel discussions
  • Workshops
  • 24 hour marathon meetings
  • Service
  • Dance party! Games! Fellowship!!
WHO CAN ATTEND AN ALCYPAA CONFERENCE?
ANYONE has who has a desire to stop drinking! The only requirement is that you have a desire to grow.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
  • Pre-registration for the conference is $10; at the door it will be $30.
  • If you would like to stay at the hotel, the room rate is only $109 per night! Be sure to mention ALCYPAA for this rate!
  • To register and book your hotel room, [click here] or [download the flyer] and mail to the address on the form for registration and please call the relevant number on the flyer for booking.
  • If you are unable to pay for registration, we have several sponsored registrations prepaid. No one will be turned away!!
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
We have numerous service opportunities available before and during the conference. The ALCYPAA host committee meeting is held bi-weekly on Sunday at 4:30PM at the JAFI club house. For more information please email registration@alcypaa.com.
WHAT IF I CAN'T ATTEND — CAN IS STILL SUPPORT ALCYPAA?
YES! The easiest way to support ALCYPAA is by registering for the conference. If you know you will not be able to attend, you can designate your registration as a sponsorship and we can give it to someone who may not be able to afford to go!

More questions? Contact Luke B. and the committee — we will try to answer any questions.

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