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, and West Virginia.
SERCYPAA was started in Chattanooga, Tennessee in 1974. The Conference immediately became a traveling conference; recovering A.A. members 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 years.
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.