What Is PENNSCYPAA?
The Pennsylvania State Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous meets annually. This annual conference provides an opportunity for AA’s from all over the state and all over the world to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope as members of AA. PENNSCYPAA provides OVERWHELMING EVIDENCE that large numbers of people are achieving a lasting and comfortable sobriety in ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS. Like any other conference, it is an OPPORTUNITY to learn about the program and SOBRIETY.
It is a function of AA members in accordance with GSO guidelines for Conferences and Conventions that allows for heavy participation in service aspects of the conference by newer and/or younger Pennsylvania members, providing exposure to the 12 Traditions, 12 Concepts for World Service, service committees, and a convention of AA members – all vital components of the attraction that keeps people coming back.
PENNSCYPAA was first held in York in 1989. It continues to move back and forth across PA. At each conference, bids are accepted from cities wishing to host the next PENNSCYPAA conference. PENNSCYPAA (affectionately known as “penn-see-pa”) brings the newcomer into the mainstream of AA Recovery, Service, and Unity through the 12 Steps, the 12 Traditions and the 12 Concepts for World Service – carrying AA’s message to the suffering alcoholic.
Members of PENNSCYPAA and other young people groups and conferences are in no way separate from Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. Members are involved in an committed to all levels of AA service, from the group level to the General Service Conference, and at every level in between. 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.
More and more newcomers of all ages understand that 20-plus years of drinking coupled with loss of family, friends, and finances are not necessary for one to be ready for sobriety. PENNSCYPAA provides an opportunity for AA’s from all over to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope. AA’s who attend PENNSCYPAA return home better prepared to receive young people who come to AA looking for a better way of life. Pennsylvania offers the experience of a diverse recovering community. One which is firmly based on the Twelve Traditions that have been passed on for over fifty years.