From the January 2004 magazine.

They Call Me the Bid Committee Chick

Get to ICYPAA," her sponsor told her. "It's the biggest party of young people in AA

I have gone to the International Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (ICYPAA) off and on for years since it was held in Anaheim, California in 1996. Usually, I am a little disappointed after the conference because I have to go back to the real world and work like the adult I've become.

I grew up in Alcoholics Anonymous, and until I was twenty-one years old with almost two years of sobriety, I didn't realize there were other young people in AA. I had moved to Cincinnati, Ohio and found many young people living sober in AA. I was excited and amazed. I also found a sponsor, Kathy, who was twenty-eight years old and had eight years of sobriety.

-- Andrea R.

Orlando, Florida

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