SBYPAA Mission Statement
Santa Barbara Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous strives to be a spiritual entity having but one primary purpose –- that of carrying AA’s message to the alcoholic who still suffers. When anyone, anywhere, reaches out for help, we want the hand of AA always to be there. And for that: we are responsible. We strive to do this by uniting the young, the young at heart, and those with room to grow in the Santa Barbara area and by practicing the principles of AA in our meetings, events, outreach, and all of our affairs. We endeavor to carry the message of recovery and to show other alcoholics that it’s possible to have fun in sobriety.
We encourage our members and all members of Alcoholics Anonymous to participate in Alcoholics Anonymous’ General Service Structure and all aspects of AA service. SBYPAA shall always observe the Twelve Traditions and Twelve Concepts, as well as place principles first. The members of SBYPAA have each committed to staying sober and to helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety. We extend our hands to newcomers at every opportunity and follow-up with them afterwards.
SBYPAA Facts & Purpose
Alcoholism has no barriers, age included. Young people suffering from alcoholism have turned to Alcoholics Anonymous and found help there since AA’s earliest days. In 1945, one of the first young people’s groups in Alcoholics Anonymous was formed in Los Angeles to help carry the message of recovery to young people in AA. The number of young people suffering from alcoholism, who turn to AA for help, continues to grow. At the 1960 AA convention, Bill W. noted the age of new members to be much lower in 1960 than when he and Dr. Bob founded AA 25 years earlier. Both the 1998 and 2011 AA Membership surveys reported 11% of the respondents under 30 years of age and 2% under 21 years of age.
The aim of Santa Barbara Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous and other young people’s groups all over the world is to help newcomers understand that they need not experience years of drinking, loss of family, friends, and finances to be ready for sobriety. We help bring the newcomers into the mainstream of AA Recovery, Unity, and Service through the 12 Steps, 12 Traditions, and the 12 Concepts for World Service by carrying AA’s message to the suffering alcoholic.
Santa Barbara Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous is in no way separate from Alcoholics Anonymous as a whole. Our members are involved in and committed to Twelfth Step work, Hospital and Institution work, General Service, and every other facet of AA Service. Young People in Alcoholics in Anonymous groups provide myriad opportunities for young and old AA’s to come together and share their experience, strength, and hope. Newcomers are shown by people their own age that using AA principles in their daily lives and getting involved in AA Service can lead to a lasting and comfortable sobriety. The purpose of young people’s groups is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to alcoholics no matter what their age.
History of SBYPAA
Code of Conduct