What happens at the Conference?
There are meetings, often around the clock, often a massive meetiong on Saturday night, and a dance, and other social activities. The conference is a chance to meet sober people throughout the NY and the world to make friends and engage in fellowship. The conference is made up of one hundred percent enthusiasm surrounded by unconditional love.
What are the meetings like?
There are Step, Tradition, Topic, and Speaker meetings, as well as Open Discussion meetings. There are workshops in which more experienced members give their views on specific issues of sobriety. All meetings are open to any registrant who wants to attend.
Are the meetings the main purpose of the conference?
Although the meetings are important, the fellowship is important too. The presiding spirit of the conference is found in these words from chapter nine of the Big Book “…we aren’t a glum lot. If newcomers could see no joy of fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.”
Yet another reason for the conference is to promote unity in the host city. The conference itself lasts only three days, but planning takes a whole year and involves dozens of people. By hosting a conference in your city, you can create a sense of unity among individuals and among groups. This unity will also live on long after the conclusion of the conference. “There exists among us a fellowship, a friendliness, and an understanding which is indescribably wonderful.” And that feeling doesn’t go away “as we go our separate ways.”
Are there any age restrictions?
No! Everyone is welcome. This is an AA conference for sobriety, and an event that is for all AA members, regardless of age. We define “Young People” as anyone who still has room to grow. Although ESCYPAA is often said to be for “the young and the young at heart,” the suggested age for serving ESCYPAA is “under forty.” In the past, we’ve had attendees in their teens and in their seventies.