• About AA

    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.

Unity Declaration

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

From Bill W. to ICYPAA, 1969

… 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.

Bidding Requirements

1. Three AA members with a minimum of one year sobriety must represent the bidding city.

2. Bidders must have commitments from at least two appropriate facilities (hotels, universities, convention centers, gymnasiums, etc.) so sized to accommodate the entire conference (500 people +/-). Also included should be: tentative dates for the conference, availability of meeting rooms, and cost of the facility. Bidders must provide information regarding housing for attendees, including cost and accessibility to the conference site. Contracts should be as “sign-able” as possible. Please feel free to contact Advisory Hotel Chair with any and all questions.

3. Documentation must be given that no large scale activity will be held in the bidding city within a thirty day period before after the conference (this includes ICYPAA) in effort to demonstrate due diligence and that you are attempting to avoid conflicting with other events.

4. Statements of support from the intergroup or regional counterpart (district) must be brought by the bidding conference. Please demonstrate how the bid committee has been involved with General Service (some have chosen to get a letter of support, or to show how their group was active in area or district service.)

5. Prospective bidders will be required to demonstrate financial autonomy and responsibility, within the traditions of AA as a whole, being directly involved in any activity from which funds are generated.

6. The new host city must agree that the “seed money,” and 50% of all net proceeds are to be turned over to the Advisory Council for disposition. The host city shall donate the remaining 50% of the proceeds to their local service structure or any other AA service entity.

7. There will be a maximum of 20 minutes for the presentation of the bid requirements by each bidding city. If a skit is part of the presentation, the bid requirements should be referenced in it.

8. Bidders must provide a concise needs statement illustrating their reasons for bringing LASCYPAA to their area.

9. A statement of assurance that elections will be held prior to the conference to select upcoming advisory council members is required and will comply with Host Guidelines.

10. Bid committees are to submit a PDF copy of bid book via email (lascypaa.advisory@gmail.com) 3 weeks prior to conference start day (2019 bids are to submit bid books Friday June 21st). There should be one physical copy of the bid book provided for LASCYPAA archives the morning of bid presentations. Feel free to submit bid book drafts early/throughout the year for feedback. No bids will be rejected. As always, walk-in and “token” bids are always welcome.

11. Bidders must demonstrate how the bid committee has outreached the LASCYPAA conference to AA in and out of their area throughout the current bidding year.

12. Present a temporary pre-registration flyer. It must state that the conference dates and location are TBA. This will be used if bid committee is awarded the conference.



We, the members of the LASCYPAA Advisory Council set forth on this day to establish and preserve, by following the principles, the experience of our predecessors. In 1985, the

Louisiana State Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous was founded for the purpose of furthering the principles of AA among young people. We do think it beneficial to establish a custodian to preserve the efforts and experience, lest they be lost. Being cognizant that all young people do not find our conference or meeting necessary, we do not propose to be a universal answer or a governing body for young people. We believe it beneficial to share our experience with all who request our help, for it is through our sharing that we have learned to function within the framework of the AA traditions.


Alcoholism is a disease that can affect 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 of 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, 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 twelfth step work, treatments 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 a young person in AA. LASCYPAA is overwhelming visual 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.


The Council is the custodian of the conference and the Board of Directors of LASCYPA. It is both the legal guardian and spiritual servant of LASCYPAA. Its’ purposes are but not limited to:

.   Practice the AA Twelve Steps, Twelve Traditions, and Twelve Concepts for World


.   To demonstrate the principles of Alcoholics Anonymous among young people in the state of Louisiana.

.   To establish a permanent committee that ensures the preservation of the LASCYPAA experience and materials.

.   To serve as custodian of the Conference, and share its knowledge and experience with any member of AA who requests it.

.   Provide guidance to Committees who are bidding for the Conference.

.   Provide guidance to the current Host Committee.

.   Provide custodial oversight of LASCYPAA and veto power over the Host Committee.

.   To select a host city for each year’s Conference.

.   Uphold its fiduciary responsibility.

.   Practice transparency in its affairs.

.   Maintain the LASCYPAA archives.


Each conference committee shall select three (3) people to serve on the Advisory Council.

They shall select three (3) people to serve as alternates. (6 total elected Advisory members from each Conference, 3 full membership and 3 alternates) Those being selected must have served on the conference committee continuously for six (6) months prior to the actual conference on which they served. They must be sober at least one (1) year. Those elected to serve are required to serve through five (5) additional traveling conferences.  Elections will be conducted by current Advisory Council members using the 3rd legacy procedure. Alternate’s will be elected in order of first, second then third. Should the council not have full membership (12) not to exceed (15), those rotating off may be requested to serve until the Council again reaches full strength (12). Vacant council seats shall be filled by previously designated alternates and approved by the Council.

Failure to attend two (2) consecutive conferences or mandatory meetings shall be considered a voluntary resignation.

Relapse shall be considered a resignation.

If council members miss two (2) advisory meetings in a row and does not contact the chair or make other arrangements then, together with the rest of the council, their position is up for reevaluation.

(To clarify, the purpose of this bylaw is to allow the council, with the member in question, to evaluate whether they are still willing and able to fulfill their membership on the committee, not to punish members for not showing up.)


The council shall elect from its membership an operating committee consisting of, but not limiting to, a chairperson, co-chairperson, secretary, and treasurer. They shall act and be of service by the direction of the council and shall not take actions individually or collectively without the consent of the council. Operating committee members must be council members. They must serve on the council one (1) year before being elected to the operating committee. Upon election, they shall serve for two (2) years, or until their service commitment is fulfilled, and may be elected to one additional term. Council shall use 3rd legacy election guidelines found in the service manual.



.   Arrange for and announce the agenda for all Council Meetings prior to the meetings.

.   Open council meetings with the third step prayer and maintain meetings in reasonable order.

.   Recognize members entitled to the floor.

.   State and put to vote all motions properly made and seconded.

.   Announce the results of all votes.

.   Affix his/her signature to all appropriate Council actions and be one of four able signatures on Advisory Council checks.

.   Responsible to ensure a council representative is available at all Area 27 meetings, to meet with the current host committee, as long as Area is agreeable.

.   Chairperson will be considered the Secretary in all banking matters.


.   In the absence of the Chairperson, shall accept the full duties of the Chairperson.

.   Carry out the various duties assigned by the Committee.

.   Act as liaison between the council and the General Service Office.

.   Be one of four signatures on all bank accounts.


.   Keep accurate records of all Council financial transactions.

.   Give financial report at Council Meetings and an annual report at the conference.

.   Give written financial statements.

.   Have in his/her possession at council meetings all bank statements, deposits, and check books, in order to be prepared to make deposits or disbursements at council meetings.

.   Maintain all accounts subject to inspection anytime.

.   Be one of four signatures on all bank accounts.


.   Act as custodian of all council materials with exception to archives.

.   Keep and transcribe minutes to be emailed to Council Members prior to the next meeting.

.   Furnish information from our records to anyone who requests it.

.   Answer all correspondence promptly and to the will of the Council.

.   Furnish copies of correspondence to all council members on all matters affecting the council of young people in AA.

.    Be one of four signatures on all bank accounts.


.   Assists Host and Bid Committee’s with hotel contract negotiations.

.   Acts as liaison between the Host Committee and Advisory Council when reviewing and giving feedback about the hotel contract.

.   Upon receiving majority approval from the full council and all questions has been answered to the best of his/her ability, will let the Host Committee know that they are good to sign the hotel contract.


.   Maintains an outreach mailing list and sends bid invitations via this mailing list.

.   Outreach chairperson shall annually issue to the Area 27 Delegate, Alternate Delegate, Area Chair, all major Louisiana central offices, young people’s groups, and anyone else who requests it, an invitation to bid for the Conference site. Included in this invitation to bid should be the following as listed:

  • A brief description of the Conference background.
  • The facts as to how, when and where bids are accepted.
  • A current conference flier and bid requirements.


 .   Act as caretaker of the archives (documents, memorabilia, traveling showcases, etc.) in such a way that there is no substantial distortion of the material.

.   Arranges for dry, safe and storage of archival material and prepares a budget for such.

.   Act as custodian of the conference banner and be responsible for its storage between conferences and for the banner’s delivery to the current Host Committee at the committees’ Advisory Council elections prior to the conference.

.   Arranges for display space at conferences and events.

.   Shall work with the Host Committee on matters pertaining to the archives including displays for the conference and material to be collected before, during and after the conference including but not limited to novelties, memorabilia, the Host Committee’s written experience etc.


.   To maintain an up to date advisory website including domain, hosting and content management.

.   To furnish all pertinent login information to the Operating Committee.

.   To maintain and administrate any Social Media accounts operated by the council.

.   Prepare and submit an annual budget for the advisory website.


The annual meeting shall be held at each LASCYPAA conference and shall be for the purpose of selecting a host city for next year’s LASCYPAA, electing officers, receiving reports by officers, document revisions, and any other business that may arise.

The Annual Mid-Year meeting site shall be selected during the annual conference. The purpose of this meeting is for unity, and to conduct any pressing business as long as quorum is present.

The Mid-Year meeting is a mandatory meeting.

One-half plus one of the current Council shall constitute a quorum. Example, if there is twelve

Council members, quorum would be seven members.



The Advisory Council has the chief initiative and the active responsibility in ensuring the integrity and continuity of LASCYPAA year after year. Any host committee decision that may be viewed as detrimental to the principles of AA or to current or future LASCYPAAs would be of utmost concern.

If such a matter comes to the attention of the Advisory Council, all due diligence should be exhausted in communicating the concern to the Host Committee. If after having been informed of the concern, the Host Committee chooses to stay the course, the Operating Committee of the Advisory Council can make a recommendation to the full council that the Host Committee decision be vetoed.

If no Advisory Council meeting is imminent and time is of the essence, an emergency meeting may be called by the Chairperson to address the issue. A vote to veto a Host Committee decision requires a 2/3 vote from present council members.

If the veto passes, the Host Committee Chairperson should be notified by the Advisory Council

Chairperson of the decision.


No member of the council shall incur expenses in the council, without first receiving the approval of the council. The council shall act as a body and no individual shall make decisions independent of the majority opinion.

The bank accounts and council material should not be used in group or area business.

The advisory council shall accept bids for LASCYPAA once a year at the annual conference.

The council shall maintain a prudent reserve of $7,000 and an operating budget of $3000 above prudent reserve. Should the balance exceed this, the excess shall be dispensed responsibly. It should disperse $500.00 if requested by the chosen Host Committee for seed money.

After annual operating expenses have been paid, travel reimbursements may be distributed to Council Members at twenty cents ($0.20) a mile for travel to and from the annual Conference unless the Conference is taking place in the city you hosted in. If a member lives out of state, they will be reimbursed from Louisiana state line closest to where they would be traveling through for the conference.

Advisory Council Members shall be reimbursed up to one night per person for the Lascypaa Conference.

Reimbursements declined by attending council members shall be returned and reincorporated into the Council’s budget.

All Council financial transactions shall be made through its bank accounts. No member of the Council shall incur expenses outside of job description in the Council name without first receiving a two-thirds majority approval of the council. After the reserve amount is met, the Council has the full authority to distribute the money where the need is the greatest within the local service structure of AA.


Upon dissolution of the organization, assets shall be distributed directly into the service structure of AA.

Revised 2019

Host Committee Guidelines

  1. Return to your city and disband as a bidding committee. Give area 30 days’ notice and hold an open meeting inviting all in your area to attend and as a whole, elect your principle officers (Chairperson, Co-chair, Treasurer, and Secretary) using three legacies procedure. Advisory will conduct elections of the Steering Committee.
  1. The conference does a greater job of carrying the message when the conference officers (chairperson, co-chair, treasurer, and secretary) have at least two (2) years of sobriety.
  1. Communication with your intergroup (central office), district, and area assembly may be best assured if the conference committee sends a non-voting committee member of area assembly or central office to those committees. Host has been given designated time at Area Assembly. Be sure to send someone with report to communicate LASCYPAA updates. Saturday of area assembly host can meet with and request advisory to be there. On Sunday at 8:30am is when LASCYPAA is given time to give a report.
  1. Traditionally, LASCYPAA has paid for speakers’ expenses including their room and travel expenses.
  1. At the conference, wherever the main conference registration is located, or the center focal point, we urge that nothing but AA conference approved literature be sold. Experience has shown that a “flea market” can develop, and those unaware of our endeavor can be misled especially by the press, radio, and TV. Keep the twelve traditions in mind at all times. We may be the only representation of Alcoholics Anonymous, let alone YPAA, people may see.
  1. We ask that the advisory council be put on the program Friday PM after the speaker for Q&A, Saturday no earlier than 8am for bid sessions. We will speak with winning host and winning bid city Saturday night after the speaker.
  1. Do not “close” the conference on Sunday morning. Have present host committee chair and winning bid committee chair shake hands on stage and invite everyone to next conference.
  1. The Advisory Council is at your disposal; feel free to call us at any time. Contact information for LASCYPAA advisory members can be found at www.lascypaa.com.
  1. The host committee should be directly involved with any activity from which funds may be generated. This means that host committees need to show up to their own events AND co-events. -7th tradition
  1. Host committee agrees to provide Advisory Council’s Secretary with copies of the minutes of their meetings within a reasonable time after the meetings.
  1. Host committee needs to provide a business meeting room for Advisory Council to meet in all day on Saturday of the conference.
  1. Be advised that newly elected advisory council members are invited to serve on the council at your conference and are welcomed to attend council meetings if possible during the conference weekend. Just let the chair of Advisory know.
  1. Advisory Council, through the Advisory Council Hotel Liaison, will have to review and approve all hotel contracts before they are signed and agreed upon.
  1. Advisory Council does reserve a veto power over any Host Committee action; this is legally necessary and right in principle. With this relationship come certain specific responsibilities and suggestions. See Advisory Council bylaws for clarification on the veto procedure.
  1. In the event that the host committee becomes indebted to the hotel or any vendor following the conference, it will be the responsibility of the host committee to hold supportive events to pay off their debts. Advisory will cover debt initially and host will reimburse advisory.
  1. Advisory Council requests a space to display archives from previous conferences. We will also be requesting all merchandise sold at conference to be added into the archives.
  1. LASCYPAA.org will be passed on from host to host every year. It is your responsibility to get all pertinent information from previous host committee.  LASCYPAA.com is for advisory.  Host committee is required to give any and ALL login information to the advisory web chair.
  1. Do not open a bank account without speaking to the Advisory Chair first.
  1. Each conference committee shall select (using three legacies procedure) three (3) people to serve on the advisory council. They shall select three (3) people to serve as alternates, in the order of 1st alternate, 2nd alternate, and 3rd alternate. (6 total elected advisory members from each conference, 3 full membership, and 3 alternates) Those being selected must have served on the conference committee continuously for six (6) months prior to the actual conference on which they served. They must be sober at least one (1) year. Those elected are invited to serve as voting members on the council for their conference, excluding the site selection meeting, and required to serve through five (5) additional traveling conferences. Members from the Advisory Council will conduct incoming advisory elections.
  1. All previous bidding requirements still apply to hosting conference.

Rev. 1/4/17

Advisory Council does reserve a veto power over any Host Committee action; this is legally necessary and right in principle. With this relationship come certain specific responsibilities and suggestions.

Revised 11/23/13

Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies

The Louisiana State Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (LASCYPAA) adheres to the spiritual principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), its 12 Steps, Traditions, and Concepts. LASCYPAA is committed to an
environment that is free of discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment. All individuals should be aware of how their personal opinions and behaviors can affect others and in some instances, create a harassing and hostile experience. Moreover, all individuals should treat each other with dignity and respect. To this end, LASCYPAA requires the LASCYPAA Advisory Council (Advisory Council), Host Committee members, Bid Committee members, general LASCYPAA attendees, and all participants in LASCYPAA operated or moderated
websites, Internet forums or social media pages to adhere to the policies and guidelines set forth herein, below.
Discrimination is adverse treatment of any individual based on their said protected attribute, rather than on the basis of his/her individual merit. LASCYPAA is proud of its diversity. It attracts attendees and trusted servants from many different backgrounds. Therefore, it is our policy to provide a safe and protected environment for all persons regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation,
gender identity or gender expression.
Harassment is unwelcome or unwanted conduct, whether verbal, physical or visual,toward an individual because of his or her age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, when the conduct creates an intimidating, hostile or offensive environment. Examples of harassment include words, gestures, stories, jokes or nicknames that are derogatory, demeaning or insulting to a person based upon his or her protected attribute as stated above.
Sexual harassment or gender-based harassment is a form of harassment that is when anyone, of any sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, ties conditions to a request or demand for sexual favors. Specifically, it is sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when (1) submission to or rejection of such conduct by an individual is used as the basis for decisions affecting that individual, or (2) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s experience
by creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive environment. Examples of sexual harassment include (1) offensive sex-oriented verbal kidding, teasing or jokes, (2) repeated unwanted sexual flirtations, advances or propositions, (3) continued or repeated verbal abuse of a sexual nature, (4) graphic or degrading comments about a person’s appearance or sexual activity, (5) offensive visual conduct, including leering, making sexual gestures, the display of offensive sexually suggestive objects or pictures, videos, cartoons or posters, (6) unwelcome pressure for sexual
activity, (7) offensively suggestive or obscene letters, notes or invitations, or (8) offensive physical contact such as patting, grabbing, pinching, or brushing against another’s body.
Discrimination, harassment, and sexual harassment are unacceptable at LASCYPAA and all related events, as well as in comments, posts, messages and other forms of participation on LASCYPAA operated or moderated websites,
internet forums and social media pages, including but not limited to lascypaa.com, lascypaa.org, the private LASCYPAA Facebook group and Facebook groups maintained by the LASCYPAA Host Committee. This behavior violates LASCYPAA policies even when it does not constitute a violation of law. Any attendee, volunteer, committee member or Advisory Council member should report violations to this policy as outlined in the Reporting section below.
If at any time an attendee, volunteer, committee member or Advisory Council member believes he or she has been a victim of or witness to a crime, report the incident to the police or hotel staff directly.
Attendees, Volunteers & Participants In LASCYPAA Operated or Moderated Forums on the Internet
Everyone should help assure LASCYPAA and all related events are free from discrimination and harassment. Our hope is that any person who finds another’s conduct unwelcome will inform that individual directly. We understand this might not always be possible or fully resolve the issue. These guidelines do not require confronting any person responsible for harassment or discrimination. Therefore, all are encouraged to report conduct they feel is in violation of these policies directly to any member of the Advisory Council or Host Committee. If an incident occurs in violation of the law, the police should be notified directly.
Advisory Council & Host Committee
Any Advisory Council or Host Committee member who is aware of or who receives a report of conduct inconsistent with these guidelines is required to report immediately to the LASCYPAA Advisory Council Operating Committee
(Operating Committee). If an incident occurs in violation of the law, the police will be notified directly.
LASCYPAA prohibits any form of retaliation against any individual who reports harassment or participates in any investigation of such reports. Retaliation is defined as negative actions against individuals because they have,
in good faith, reported an instance of harassment or participated in any procedure to investigate or resolve a complaint of harassment. Any such retaliation is considered a serious violation of this policy and, like harassment
itself, will subject the offender to corrective action.
The Operating Committee will promptly, thoroughly, and impartially investigate the report of harassment and/or discrimination. The Operating Committee may put interim measures in place, such as a leave of absence or censure, while the investigation takes place. Then the Operating Committee will make recommendations to the full Advisory Council regarding all reports describing conduct inconsistent with these policies. At the conclusion of the investigation, the Operating Committee will provide the complainant with an explanation of the investigation results.
The investigation may conclude in one of three ways:
(1) That a violation of policy occurred,
(2) That no violation occurred, or
(3) That it cannot be determined whether or not a violation occurred.
When an investigation reveals a violation of these policies or other inappropriate conduct has occurred the Advisory Council is required to take corrective action. If the investigation reveals an incident occurred in violation of the law, the police will be notified directly.
Disciplinary or Corrective Action
The outcome determination may include consequences, as appropriate under the circumstances. This could include dismissal, regardless of the service positions held by the parties involved. The Advisory Council may remove an Advisory Council member via the procedure set forth in its bylaws. The Advisory Council and its agents may also decide to ask any attendee to leave the premises, or remove a member from a LASCYPAA operated or moderated social media group regardless of whether the conduct amounts to a violation of law or even if it cannot clearly be
determined whether or not a violation occurred. If the person who engaged in conduct that is inconsistent with these policies is not an attendee, then the Advisory Council will take whatever corrective action is reasonable and appropriate under the circumstances.
In the event of a complaint, Advisory Council and Host Committee members who receive reports of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation shall maintain the confidentiality of the information they receive to the extent reasonably possible, except where disclosure is required by law or is necessary to facilitate the investigation and resolution of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation allegations.
For questions, concerns, and reporting of incidences please email

LASCYPAA XXXV Will Be in New Orleans, LA July 12th-14th 2019


Advisory Council

Jamie B.

Chairperson – Lafayette, LA

Corbin R.

Co-Chair – Alexandria, LA

Cherie G.

Secretary – Baton Rouge, LA

Courtney S.

Hotel Liason – Baton Rouge, LA

Laci T.

Treasurer- Lafayette, LA

Matthew C.

Outreach – Lafayette, LA

Ben D.

Web Chair – Alexandria, LA

John L.

Member at Large – Alexandria, LA

Jason P.

Archives- Baton Rouge, LA

Justin M.

Member at Large – New Orleans, LA

Adriana P.

Member at Large – New Orleans, LA

Chris F.

Member at Large – New Orleans, LA


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