From the January 2013 magazine.

January 2014: 4 Continents, 1 Great Summer

Making new friends on a whirlwind trip of YPAA conventions

The stars aligned a couple of summers ago, and I was able to attend four Young Peoples’ AA (YPAA) conventions on four different continents, over four consecutive weekends. What an adventure!

There’s an explosion of enthusiasm at YPAA conventions for recovery and living a not-glum sober life. They can be louder—and more obnoxious—than regular AA conventions. When hundreds, even thousands, of young AAs get together, the deafening roars of their collective happiness is, well, sobering. Here’s a rundown of my four exciting YPAA weekends:

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