Young People’s Groups in Alcoholics Anonymous began appearing around 1945 in Los Angeles, Cleveland, and Philadelphia, and now they can be found all across North America. In 1958, a meeting of young AA’s from across the U.S. and Canada started what is now the International Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous (ICYPAA), and it has met on an annual basis ever since. At the 1960 AA Convention, Bill W. noted that the age of new members was much lower than when he and Dr. Bob founded AA 25 years earlier. In a letter to ICYPAA dated June 15, 1969, Bill wrote “… 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.”

Atlanta Men’s Workshop

The Atlanta Men’s Workshop was founded in 1982 by the late “Dock” Crandell of Roswell, Georgia with the help of his sponsor, Bill Hollingsworth of Roanoke, Virginia. The first and third workshops were held in Toccoa, Georgia. All others have been held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center near Eatonton, Georgia.

The Workshop was founded for the sole purpose of allowing men to share the joys of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. Dock even established a scholarship fund, which now bears his name, to assure that no man ever be turned away from the Workshop because he can’t afford to attend.

Other workshops patterned after the Atlanta Men’s Workshop are now held in numerous other states from the east coast to California. Another is also held at Rock Eagle in January and sponsored by the Heavy Hitters Group in Decatur.

In total, there are twelve workshops that have grown out of the Atlanta Men’s Workshop.


47th Atlanta Roundup

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