Question: What is YPAA?
Answer; YPAA stands for Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. Here’s a little history:
Alcoholism recognizes no barriers, age included. The first Young People’s Groups (YPGs) in Alcoholics Anonymous appeared in 1945 in Los Angeles and Philadelphia. In 1957, a meeting of young AAs from across the U.S. and Canada started what is now the International Conference of Young People in AA (ICYPAA). At the 1960 Convention, Bill W. noted that the age of new members was much lower than when he and Dr. Bob founded AA 25 years earlier. The trend has continued. The number of young people suffering from alcoholism who turn to AA for help is growing and the purpose of YPGs, just as it has been for many years, is to carry AA’s message of recovery to alcoholics no matter what their age.
Question: Are YPAA groups really AA?
Answer: Yes! Young People’s Groups are in no way separate from Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole.
The General Service Board and General Service Office recognize young people’s groups as part of Alcoholics Anonymous, The only age requirement is that you be young at heart and have room to grow. Members of YPGs are involved in and committed to Twelfth Step Work, Hospital and Institution Work, Public Information, General Service, and every other facet of AA service. Newcomers are shown, by people their own age, that using AA principles in their daily lives and getting involved in AA service can lead to a lasting and comfortable sobriety.
Question: So what is ACYPAA?
Answer: ACYPAA stands for All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous.
In 1973, the All California Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous Roundup was established as an annual gathering in California to provide an opportunity for young AAs to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope. ACYPAA is visible evidence that large numbers of people are achieving a lasting and comfortable sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. AAs who attend an ACYPAA Roundup return home better prepared to receive young alcoholics who come to AA seeking recovery. ACYPAA is held every spring and typically draws around 2,000 young and young at heart AA members from all over the state of California.
Question: So is ACYPAA really coming to Redding?
REDYPAA (Redding Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous) won the bid for ACYPAA in March 2013 at the Roundup in Fresno, Calif. Much hard work and dedication was put into the bidding process, not just this past year but since REDYPAA’s birth in 2008. There have been many AA members over the years that have put their hearts into helping REDYPAA grow and into bringing this amazing conference to our small Northern California town. And this year that hard work paid off, ACYPAA XLII will be held in Redding, Calif. on April 3rd- 6th 2014, This is a very exciting opportunity for our community and we are thrilled and honored to be a part of something so special. (If you would like more information on the ACYPAA committee, how the bidding process works, how you can get involved, or on ACYPAA in general please go to ACYPAA.org or call the ACYPAA Chair, Robin 530-638-9106.)
Question: What does ACYPAA mean for the Redding AA community as a whole?
Answer: With over 50 service positions on the ACYPAA committee and numerous other ways that people can help this conference move forward, the possibilities for members to experience a fulfilling and perhaps new way to be of service to AA are endless. This unique opportunity also presents a wonderful avenue by which members can create unity within the fellowship and within their own recovery. By rallying together to organize this conference, we are given a great gift to work together as a team and a family to further the blessing of our primary purpose to carry the message to the alcoholic who still suffers. The conference itself has great potential to touch the lives of hundreds of young (and young at heart) alcoholics and change their outlook on recovery forever. There are few, if any, who deny the magic of an AA conference. Also, the ACYPAA Host Committee will be donating a set amount funds made from the conference back into the stream of AA through donations to our local Intergroup Office, the General Service Office, District 11, CNIA, and Northern California Hospitals and Institutions.
Note: ACYPAA Conference planning committee meets 2nd and 4th Sunday at Shasta Regional Medical Center in Liberty Room #2 at 2 p.m.