Pronounced sur-kee-pah, The Southeast Regional Conference of Young People in A.A.
currently serves the geographic A.A. region that includes:
Alabama, Antigua, Arkansas, Bahamas, Bermuda, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana,
Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, U.S. Virgin Islands,
Virginia, West Virginia
SERCYPAA, the Southeastern Regional Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous, was
started in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1974. The Conference immediately became a traveling conference;
recovering A.A.’s could present a bid that would hopefully bring the Conference to their own state within
the Southeast region. The Conference was then held in Atlanta, Georgia in 1975. The third SERCYPAA
was awarded to Birmingham, Alabama, but never transpired. The Conference became inactive for six
A similarly named conference, the Southern Regional Young People’s Conference of Alcoholics
Anonymous, began in 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia. Its organizers intended to host the conference in Atlanta
until attendance and finances were stable enough to become a traveling conference; that conference
collapsed due to financial problems. Little is known of SERCYPAA’s history from 1985 to 1988.
In 1989, SERCYPAA was reestablished when it was held in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The next
SERCYPAA was held in conjunction with Florida State Young People’s Conference in Jacksonville,
Florida. It became its own entity again when Memphis, Tennessee received SERCYPAA in the summer of
1990. SERCYPAA has continued steadily as an annual traveling conference since 1989. The conference is
held annually, usually during summer months.