In keeping with A.A's 7th tradition which states "EVERY A.A. GROUP OUGHT TO BE FULLY SELF-SUPPORTING, DECLINING OUTSIDE CONTRIBUTIONS" we can ONLY accept contributions from A.A. members

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WCYPAA (Wilmington Committee of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous) is an A.A. service committee created in the spirit of the 5th and 9th Traditions, having a primary spiritual aim:  That of carrying the A.A. message to the alcoholic who still suffers.  We do not propose to be a universal answer or a governing body for young people.  Our greatest  responsibility is to serve those young alcoholics who wish to walk hand in hand with the spirit of the universe.  Our hope is to unify and energize young people in and around the Wilmington area and across the state of North Carolina by practicing the principles of A.A. through meetings, events, and outreach.  Together, we are inspired by the spirit of service and the necessity of  “absolutely insisting on enjoying life!”  We are not a glum lot!  We, the members of WCYPAA, embody A.A.’s primary purpose:  to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.  WCYPAA is an A.A. committee comprised of A.A. members, directly responsible to young alcoholics in the Wilmington area and across the state of North Carolina.  All alcoholics are welcome to participate, both the young and the young at heart. We offer the newcomer the opportunity to be rocketed into the fourth dimension   through participation in the three legacies:

1. Encourage young members of A.A. to participate in A.A.’s General Service Structure.

2. Support young alcoholics in their recovery through the 12 steps of  A.A.

3. Promote unity among alcoholics of all ages


Find meetings in New Hanover, Pender, Columbus and Brunswick Counties.


 A general description of what Alcoholics Anonymous is and how it works. 



  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol - that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when to do so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principals in all our affairs.


  1. Our common welfare should come first; personal recovery depends upon A.A. unity.
  2. For our group purpose there is but one ultimate authority — a  loving  God as He may express Himself in our group conscience. Our  leaders are  but trusted servants; they do not govern.
  3. The only requirement for A.A. membership is a desire to stop drinking.
  4. Each group should be autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or A.A. as a whole.
  5. Each group has but one primary purpose — to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.
  6. An A.A. group ought never endorse, finance, or lend the A.A. name  to  any related facility or outside enterprise, lest problems of money,   property, and prestige divert us from our primary purpose.
  7. Every A.A. group ought to be fully self-supporting, declining outside contributions.
  8. Alcoholics Anonymous should remain forever nonprofessional, but our service centers may employ special workers.
  9. A.A., as such, ought never be organized; but we may create service   boards or committees directly responsible to those they serve.
  10. Alcoholics Anonymous has no opinion on outside issues; hence the A.A. name ought never be drawn into public controversy.
  11. Our public relations policy is based on attraction rather than   promotion; we need always maintain personal anonymity at the level of   press, radio, and films.
  12. Anonymity is the spiritual foundation of all our Traditions, ever reminding us to place principles before personalities.


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