Advisory Council

The Council is the custodian of the Conference and the Board of Directors of ICYPAA Inc 501c. It is both the legal guardian and spiritual servant of ICYPAA. Its purposes are but not limited to:

  • Practice the AA 12 steps, 12 traditions and 12 concepts of world service.
  • Make available, to any AA member who requests it, information regarding ICYPAA and Young People in AA
  • Make regular contact with General Service Office.
  • Provide guidance to Committees who are bidding for the Conference.
  • Select future conference sites from bids offered at each year's Conference.
  • Provide guidance to the current Host Committee.
  • Custodial oversight of ICYPAA and veto power over the host committee.
  • Protect the corporation, its assets and manage the corporation using best practices of not-for-profits.
  • Uphold its fiduciary responsibility.
  • Practice transparency in its affairs.
  • Maintain the archives.


The ICYPAA Forum is the primary means by which the ICYPAA Advisory Council demonstrates transparency to and is held accountable by the A.A. members it serves -- the attendees of ICYPAA. It is held on a yearly basis at ICYPAA, and will be attended by the entire active Advisory Council, representative members of each bidding city, and any registered A.A. attendee of ICYPAA.

It consists of two back-to-back 1-hour sessions. During the first session, Council officers and sub-committee chairs will give brief reports covering their activities on behalf of ICYPAA during the year. Attendees are highly encouraged to ask questions during this session.

The second session is made up entirely of questions from attendees who line up at the mic, drop an anonymous question in the ask-it-basket, or who submit questions for the Forum to us during the year on

Every question will receive an answer. If time prohibits any question from being answered during the ICYPAA Forum, it will be covered in the final report for that year's Forum. Final Reports will be available on 30 days after ICYPAA and an email notification will be sent out to all of those who sign up for ICYPAA updates.

Submit an ICYPAA Forum Question

Advisory Council Roster

If you would like some information regarding ICYPAA, or if you would like to write to us with questions or to share experience, strength, and hope, please click here.

Advisory Council Subcommittees

Bid Development Committee
Finance Committee
General Service Committee
Hotel & AV Committee
Technology Committee

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Advisory Council Roster

Email Address
Phillip C.
Host Committee Chair, Tennessee
Mary Kate R.
Host Committee Chair, Chicago
Rachel R.
Host Committee Secretary, Texas
Mo H.
Host Committee Co-Chair, Chicago
David N.
Host Committee Traditions and Concepts Chair, Atlanta (2009)
Jared M.
Host Committee Graphics Chair, Miami
Nathan K.
Host Committee Outreach Chair, Miami
Shannon C.
Host Committee Program Chair, Tennessee
Chris B.
Host Committee Co-Chair, Tennessee
Tamara S.
Host Committee Outreach Chair, Chicago
Katie E.
Host Committee Chair, Maryland
Kelsey B.
Host Committee Program Chair, Maryland
Tyler S.
Host Committee Outreach Chair, Maryland
Joe R.
Host Committee Chair, Boston
James M.
Host Committee, Boston
Katie B.
Host Committee, Boston

Advisory Council Minutes

The ICYPAA Advisory Council has quarterly meetings to conduct the business of ICYPAA Inc. throughout the year. Minutes from these meetings are added to this page once they have been approved by the Council.

Advisory Council Minutes


February 16, 2020

November 03, 2019

August 22, 2019

February 17, 2019

November 11, 2018

August 30, 2018

February 11, 2018

November 19, 2017

August 17, 2017

February 12, 2017

November 13, 2016

September 01, 2016

February 21, 2016

November 15, 2015

September 03, 2015

February 15, 2015

November 16, 2014

August 21, 2014

June 22, 2014

February 16, 2014

October 20, 2013

July 11, 2013

June 02, 2013

March 24, 2013

December 09, 2012

September 12, 2012

June 24, 2012

March 25, 2012

December 04, 2011

September 04, 2011

September 02, 2011

June 05, 2011

March 06, 2011

December 05, 2010

August 26, 2010

February 22, 2010

November 22, 2009

August 16, 2009

Advisory Council Financials

The ICYPAA Advisory Council is committed to financial transparency. Documents will be added to this page as they become available, so check back often.

2018 Tax Return
2017 Tax Return
2016 Tax Return
2015 Tax Return
2014 Tax Return
2013 Tax Return
2012 Tax Return
2011 Tax Return
2010 Tax Return
2009 Tax Return
2009 Financial Snapshot
2008 Tax Return


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."

ICYPAA 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 ICYPAA 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 an ICYPAA return home better prepared to receive young people who come to AA looking for a better way of life.

ICYPAA provides visible evidence that large numbers of young people are achieving a lasting and comfortable sobriety in Alcoholics Anonymous. The three legacies of AA -- Recovery, Unity, and Service -- are the backbone of ICYPAA, just as they are throughout AA. ICYPAA has a long history as an established AA conference. It regularly contributes to the AA General Service Office, as well as to the Area Service Structure in the local areas where it is held. ICYPAA and its attendees are also committed to reaching out to the newcomer, and to involvement in every other facet of AA service. ICYPAA participants can often be found serving at the national, state, area, and group levels. Newcomers are shown, by people their own age, that using AA principles in their daily lives and getting involved in AA service can have a significant impact on a lasting and comfortable sobriety.


"Yes, ICYPAA is a part of A.A., as are young people in A.A. committees at the state and regional levels, as long as the events they organize are run by A.A. members, for A.A. members, and there is no other affiliation. ICYPAA is listed in our confidential A.A. directories under 'Special International Contacts.'"
Reprinted from Box 4-5-9 (Vol. 54, No.1/February/March 2008, pg. 9) with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

"From time to time the General Service Office is asked if ICYPAA and young people’s groups are “part of A.A.” The answer is definitely yes. ICYPAA and its attendees are committed to reaching out to newcomers–no alcoholic is ever turned away, regardless of age–and to involvement in all facets of A.A. service. In most local A.A. meeting directories, young people’s meetings are listed along with others, though in some areas asterisks may identify them as YPGs. Members of these groups often can be found serving at the national, state, area and group levels. ICYPAA conventions and conferences are vital A.A. activities and as such are listed in the Box 459 'Calendar of Events.'"
Reprinted from Box 4-5-9 (Vol. 51, No.2/April/May 2005, pg. 7) with permission of A.A. World Services, Inc.

Read Bill's Letter to ICYPAA

Bill’s Letter Addressing Hippies & Young People

Box 459 Discussing ICYPAA in 1986

BOX 459 Discussing ICYPAA IN 2005

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