WHAT IS LASCYPAA?
LASCYPAA is the Louisiana State Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. We are a fellowship of men and women who are young and young at heart, who gather to solve our common problem of Alcoholism. Our conference moves from city to city within Louisiana each year, where we meet for fellowship. The 2018 conference will be held in Alexandria from Friday, July 20 to Sunday, July 22. Come join us for fun and fellowship.
WHO EXACTLY IS YOUNG?
Many of our crowd, 30 and under have gotten sober at an early age but age is no requirement for the conference. Many of our fellowship are older but are still young at heart. Regardless, all are welcome. The only requirement for AA membership is the desire to stop drinking.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. AA is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
This we owe to A.A.’s future: to place our common welfare first; to keep our fellowship united. For on A.A. unity depend our lives and the lives of those to come In a letter to ICYPAA dated June 15, 1969, Bill W. wrote:
FACTS , AIMS AND PURPOSE:
Alcoholism is a disease that can inflict anyone regardless of age. The first young people’s group in Louisiana was founded in New Orleans in 1974. Since that time, young people’s groups have been started all over in Louisiana. In 1984, a regional conference of young people in AA was held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the regional conference, the idea of a state conference was suggested. LASCYPAA was held for the first time in Shreveport/Bossier in the spring of 1985. The decision was made to have LASCYPAA travel throughout the state on an annual basis. This provides newcomers with a conference where they see and share the experience with other young people in our state. Young people’s groups try to make the newcomer understand that 20-plus years drinking coupled with the loss of family, friends, and finances are not necessary for one to be ready for sobriety. Young people’s groups bring the newcomer into the mainstream of AA, recovery, service, and unity through the twelve steps, the twelve traditions, and the twelve concepts of world service, carrying AA’s message to the suffering alcoholic. Young people’s groups are in no way separate from AA as a whole. Members of young people’s groups are involved in and committed to twelve step work, treatment and corrections work, public information, general service, and every other facet of AA service. Newcomers are shown by people their own age that using the AA principles in their daily lives and getting involved in AA service can lead to a lasting and comfortable sobriety. The Louisiana State Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous meets annually. This meeting provides an opportunity for young AA’s from all over the state and region to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope as young people in AA. LASCYPAA is overwhelming visible evidence that large numbers of young people are achieving lasting and comfortable sobriety in AA. AA’s who attend LASCYPAA return home feeling prepared to receive young people who come to AA looking for a better way of life.