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Starting a new Young Peoples meeting

Postby betcho » Sat Jul 11, 2015 6:48 pm

I have created a young peoples meeting at my meeting hall. I went through all the correct avenues to get it approved, and people are very interested in attending. ONE BIG PROBLEM!: I have a couple ideas on how the format of the meeting should be, but I would really love some suggestions. I am a young member of Alcoholics Anonymous, with one year of sobriety, :D and have not attended any young peoples AA meeting before. Please if you have any insight on how to format a young peoples meeting, I would love to here from you!

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Re: Starting a new Young Peoples meeting

Postby ezdzit247 » Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:10 pm

betcho wrote:I have created a young peoples meeting at my meeting hall. I went through all the correct avenues to get it approved, and people are very interested in attending. ONE BIG PROBLEM!: I have a couple ideas on how the format of the meeting should be, but I would really love some suggestions. I am a young member of Alcoholics Anonymous, with one year of sobriety, :D and have not attended any young peoples AA meeting before. Please if you have any insight on how to format a young peoples meeting, I would love to here from you!

Thank you!
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Hi betcho

Good for you! Young peoples meetings are great--so much energy and enthusiasm! My first home group was a new young people's AA meeting in my area and I later became its secretary. The format we used was I picked a different person to lead or chair the meeting each week. That person read AA's preamble and then lead the group in saying the Serenity Prayer. Then some member would read a portion of Chapter 3, i.e. "More About Alcoholism", followed by another member reading a portion of Chapter 5, i.e. "How It Works". Then the person who was leading the meeting would give a short personal pitch sharing what it was like, what happened, and what it's like today in sobriety. Afterwards, the chair would ask for someone to suggest a topic and then we'd have an open discussion on that topic. We always closed the meeting with a reading of a "A Vision For You" or the "AA Promises" followed by everyone joining hands for the Lord's Prayer. We started the meeting with just 6 regular members but it grew to about 50 within 6 months, then 100, and kept growing.

The AA website has several formats to browse and also local intergroups will generally have sample formats for you. Good luck!

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Re: Starting a new Young Peoples meeting

Postby Duke » Sat Jul 11, 2015 8:27 pm

Welcome betcho. I don't have any specific suggestions for you, but I just wanted to say good luck and thanks for sharing that. You brightened my day.
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