“… 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.”
– Bill Wilson, June 15, 1969, in a letter to ICYPAA
The tomorrow Bill wrote of is here today and we young people in AA are blessed with the opportunity to carry the message. Sacramento Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (SACYPAA) is a fellowship of men and women based in the Sacramento region who are dedicated to carrying AA’s message of hope.
SACYPAA’s Mission Statement
Sacramento Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (SACYPAA) has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers. Being cognizant that not all young people (or young at heart) may find our meetings (business/spiritual) and events necessary, we do not propose to be the only answer or governing body of young people in the greater Sacramento area. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, we want the hand of Alcoholics Anonymous (A.A.) always to be there. And for that: we are responsible. We insure to do this by unifying young people in the Northern California area and by practicing the principles of A.A. through meetings, events, and outreach.
Facts, Aims, and Purposes of YPAA
Alcoholism has no barriers, age included. Young people suffering from alcoholism have turned to Alcoholics Anonymous and found help there since AA’s earliest days. In 1945, one of the first young people’s groups in Alcoholics Anonymous was formed in Los Angeles to help carry the message of recovery to young people in AA.
The number of young people suffering from alcoholism, who turn to AA for help, continues to grow. At the 1960 AA convention, Bill W. noted the age of new members to be much lower in 1960 than when he and Dr. Bob founded AA 25 years earlier. The 2007 AA Membership survey reported 11.3% of the respondents under 30 years of age and 2.3% under 21 years of age.
The aim of young people’s groups is to help newcomers understand that they need not experience years of drinking, loss of family, friends, and finances to be ready for sobriety. They help bring the newcomers into the mainstream of AA Recovery, Unity, and Service through the 12 Steps, 12 Traditions, and the 12 Concepts for World Service by carrying AA’s message to the suffering alcoholic.
Young People’s groups are in no way separate from Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. Members 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.
The purpose of young people’s groups is to carry the Alcoholics Anonymous message to alcoholics no matter what their age.
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Alcoholics Anonymous is a program of a new way of life without alcohol, a program that is working successfully for millions of men and women throughout the world, and in all walks of life. The experience of AA members is that alcoholism is a progressive illness that cannot be cured, but which, like some other illnesses, can be arrested—by staying away from the first drink, one day at a time.
We would encourage you to get in touch with the nearest AA Central Office or Intergroup to get further information on Alcoholics Anonymous, speak to an AA member or find local AA meetings. Many of these offices have web sites and email.
AA members, as volunteers, are happy to offer help by sharing their experience, strength and hope in staying sober. One of the ways members stay sober is by helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.