Frequently asked questions

Are scholarships available for the conference?

Scholarships are available to attendees who may not be able to cover their registration. A scholarship will provide a lanyard, program, and access to the entire conference over the weekend of FCYPAA 2020. If you believe you may need a scholarship, please visit the Scholarship Request tab on our website!

What is FCYPAA?

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 A.A. of tomorrow will be safe, and certainly magnificent, in the keeping of you who are the younger generation of A.A. today.” FCYPAA was founded for the purpose of providing a setting for an annual celebration of sobriety among young people in AA. Since its inception, a growing group of people, who at first would not consider themselves as “young people,” has become regular attendees. The number of young people suffering from alcoholism who turn to AA for help is growing, and FCYPAA helps to carry AA’s message of recovery to alcoholics of all ages. This meeting provides an opportunity for young AA’s from all over the world to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope as members of Alcoholics Anonymous. AA members who attend FCYPAA return home better prepared to receive young people who come to AA looking for a better way of life.

Where's it Going?!

Join us at the 39th FCYPAA at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa from June 5-7th to find out!

What can I do to be of service at FCYPAA?

If you live in Miami-Dade or Broward county and would like to get involved with the Miami Host Committee, feel free to join us on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 1:30 PM at the LAMBDA Clubhouse! If you are interesting in doing service as an attendee at the conference, a full list of volunteer spots are available for signup on our Volunteer tab!

Who can attend FCYPAA?

Anyone who identifies as an alcoholic, has a desire to stop drinking, or has been affected by another persons drinking is welcome to attend FCYPAA. However, regardless of your connection to alcoholism, we ask that all attendees respect the 12th Tradition of Alcoholics Anonymous which states: "Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities."

What does my registration cover?

Registration to FCYPAA provides access to all main meeting, panels, marathon meetings, dances, hospitality room and entertainment throughout the weekend. There will be a limited number of printed programs but our program can be found here for your convenience as well!