Restoring Lost Hope and Inspiring Change October 5, 2015

I was eighteen years old when I sat on the floor of my parent's family room, curled into a ball and sobbing that I could not stop drinking. My mother stared at me with the face of a woman who had tried everything within her means to fix me and simpl... more »

Where I met God September 30, 2015

"We hope no one will consider these self-revealing accounts in bad taste. Our hope is that many alcoholic men and women, desperately in need, will see these pages, and we believe that it is only by fully disclosing ourselves and our problems that the... more »

Animated by the Spirit of Service January 19, 2014

A phrase often heard around the tables of AA is, "never say no to a request to be of service". I remember past-delegate Ginny J. saying something like this to me at our area 38 assemblies in eastern Missouri. When elder statespersons like Ginn... more »

Tugboat Glenn July 9, 2013

My ninth grade history teacher in West Kendall, Florida, always quoted a line from the movie Shawshank Redemption: "You either get busy living or get busy dying!" The other students didn't pay him any attention, but I did. I knew there was something ... more »

Always Pack Your Big Book In Your Carry-On.... May 5, 2013

My name is Sarah and I'm an alcoholic. I grew up in Toronto, the daughter of two alcoholic parents. I drank and used drugs but had rules set up so I would not become an alcoholic like them. Of course the rules didn't help, there were endless loop hol... more »

55th ICYPAA Host Committee Meeting: Vol. 3 April 11, 2013

55th ICYPAA Host Committee Meeting: Vol. 3 After a reminder of how to behave like adults in a group setting, we commence our 4.47-hour host meeting with a full agenda and a missing secretary's report (thanks, Brooke). Angela (Graphics Chair) gives ... more »

One Of The Lucky Ones April 4, 2013

Though I didn't realize it at the time, I was definitely one of the lucky ones. On June 2nd 2008, at the age of 22, I walked into my very first meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous. The room was lit by three candles and everyone was seated in chairs alo... more »

55th ICYPAA Host Committee Meeting: Vol. 2 March 22, 2013

Liz (Grapevine Chair) has literally filled the back of the room with costumes including, but not limited to: a furry bunny rabbit, a pirate, a trashbag mumu and a horsehead. One can only wonder...what does she do with these things the other 362 days ... more »

55th ICYPAA Host Committee Meeting: Vol. 1 February 26, 2013

Below is a transcript of a day in the life of the 55th ICYPAA Host Committee. Facts may have been changed to make fun of the guilty. Enjoy! 3:00 pm on Sunday We sit, pray and then open the meeting. The great thing about our group is that even th... more »

What Was Your Favorite Moment at the 54th ICYPAA in St. Louis? October 15, 2012

What Was Your Favorite Moment at the 54th ICYPAA in St. Louis? It's been just about a month since the 54th ICYPAA in St. Louis...are you over your PCD (post-conference depression) yet?! It can be hard adjusting back to regular life after a weekend f... more »

The 54th ICYPAA in St. Louis! August 1, 2012

Bill wrote in 1969 that "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"  Magnific... more »

ICYBLOG Introduction July 18, 2012

Welcome to the first installment of the ICYPAA.org blog! We hope to bring you informative, interesting stuff to read on a range of topics, including ICYPAA in general, Bid Requirements, what it's like to be on a Host Committee, AA's Steps & Trad... more »


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Thanks to Florida and the 57th ICYPAA Host Committee for an amazing weekend. Congratulations to Tennesee on being awarded the 58th ICYPAA. See you in 2016!!!

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