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Frequently Asked Questions

What is GCYPAA?
Simply put, it’s an annual AA Conference. G.C.Y.P.A.A. stands for the Georgia Conference by Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. The conference is hosted by a Conference Committee representing a particular city or area in which they live. The purpose of the conference is to spread the message of recovery from alcoholism to an ever-increasing group of young alcoholics. “ Young ” is simply defined as “those people who still have room for growth.”

Amendment: In an effort to convey to all members of Alcoholics Anonymous that GCYPAA is not exclusively for young people, but rather for all who want to stay sober and help the alcoholic who still suffers, in 1996 it was decided by the group conscious of the advisory council to have GCYPAA now stand for the Georgia Conference by Young People in A.A. We, the Georgia Council of Young People in A.A., are merely hosting an annual conference for all to share in this happy, joyous, and free life we have been given the gift of sobriety.

How Can We Host GCYPAA?
The Bidding city would form a committee that would put together a “bid”, consisting of a hotel package and statement of need supporting why your area should be selected to host the conference. To accomplish this, you must secure a hotel capable of hosting a conference where attendance figures range from 200 to 500 participants, raise funds to meet the resulting financial responsibilities and obtain the support of our statewide A.A. service bodies.

Also see GCYPAA Bidding Requirements .

How Do I Get Involved?
There are many ways to get involved with GCYPAA… you could attend the conference and become an outreach chairperson of your area. To get involved in the bidding process, some people in your area would form a committee compromised of, but not limited to, the following: a chairperson, secretary and treasurer. PLEASE REMEMBER, although this may all sound confusing, the GCYPAA Advisory Council is always there to share their experience, strength, and hope with you throughout the bidding process. They are more than happy to answer any questions you have and they will provide your committee guidance along the way. The GCYPAA Advisory Council meets three times a year at every Georgia State Assembly in Macon. For more information, mail your questions to:

GCYPAA Advisory Council
P.O. Box 1971
Decatur, GA 30030

What Happens At GCYPAA?
There is a ton of things going on day and night at the conference! From alkathons to open speaker meetings, there is always something to do. Featured, of course, are every variety of AA meetings you can think of, in addition to service workshops, dances, and sometimes a banquet. Also be sure to check out the bid session, which is the forum where each city interested in hosting the conference has the opportunity to present their statement of need and illustrate their ability to meet the 10 bidding requirements.

How do I register for the event?
For right now, you can visit the registration page and download the flyer (also you can click on the banner at the top of this page). Just fill that out and mail it in along with your payment to the Host Committee (address on flyer).

Where do I stay during the conference?
One of the ways the conference is designed is so that you stay where it's being hosted. Usually, GCYPAA takes place at a hotel or conference center and attendees stay at the hotel itself. This allows you to take part in the conference any time of the day or night. Also, you get a special room rate with the hotel when you mention GCYPAA. For more information on the hotel download the registration flyer .

Is GCYPAA part of Alcoholics Anonymous?
This is a question that gets much debate. In short, the answer is yes. This can be explained by using two AA Traditions. The first is Tradition Seven which states, "Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions. " GCYPAA sends a donation to both GSO and Area 16 GSSA each year and our contributions are accepted. Through accepting our donation both GSO and Area 16 GSSA acknowledge that we are a member within the AA Service Structure.

Also Tradition Six states, "An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance or lend the A.A. name to any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money, property and prestige divert us from our primary purpose." GCYPAA stands for the Georgia Conference by Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. GSO allows us to have this name while taking our donations which demonstrates that we are NOT an outside enterprise.