From the October 2006 magazine.

ICYPAA Bounces Back

After being routed by Katrina in September 2005

In the Big Book, AAs are compared to "passengers of a great liner the moment after rescue from shipwreck when camaraderie, joyousness and democracy pervade the vessel from steerage to Captain's table." From June 30 to July 2, 2006, the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans was such a vessel. Only here, the great majority of passengers were in their teens, twenties, and thirties.

Each year, the International Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous, or ICYPAA (pronounced "ick-ee-pa"), holds a conference that feels like a party--a good party--without the hangover, blackout, or shame. Since 1958, ICYPAA has met on an annual basis and in a different city each year. And everyone, everyone, is welcome.

-- Anonymous

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