Young People’s Liaison Officers (YPLOs)

 

General Points

The YPLO will be someone who came into AA at the age of 30 or younger, and so will have
experience of getting sober at a young age, the better to relate to the particular problems
faced by young people seeking to live sober.
They should have a good working knowledge of the 12 Steps, 12 Traditions and the AA
Service and Structure Handbooks GB.

YPLOs will work closely with other service officers, in particular those in Public Information.
The main tasks of YPLOs will include:

■ Receiving and answering email, telephone and other enquiries from young people

■ Sharing experience, strength and hope about getting sober at a young age

■ Assisting Public Information Officers with presentations where the audience is
likely to include a significant proportion of young people, e.g. talks to schools,
universities, young offenders’ institutions etc.

■ Helping to develop PI material which will carry a clear message to young people

■ Developing contact lists of those who came into AA at or before the age of 30 who
are available and willing to assist with talks, 12-Step calls and other service to help,
in particular, young people

■ Encouraging young people to enter into all aspects of service (where the
recommended qualifications for sobriety are met). Younger people are needed in
all service disciplines, in part to ensure that the perspective of young people is
represented

■ Supporting AA activities such as Workshops, Conventions and PI events aimed at
young alcoholics both within and outside the YPLO’s Intergroup or Region

■ Participating in the work of the General Service Board’s Young People’s Project
Team for as long as that Team is convened
12:2.2 Intergroup Young People’s Liaison Officers
(Refer to section ‘The Intergroup’ of The AA Structure Handbook for Great Britain.)
It is through the intergroup assembly that the Intergroup Liaison Officer is elected.
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It is recommended that Intergroup Liaison Officers should have ideally at least two years’
continuous sobriety when elected, and should serve for a maximum of three years. The
Officer should have come into AA at the age of 30 or younger.
The main tasks of the Intergroup YPLOs are those mentioned in 12:2.1 above and to:
■ Establish close working relations with other service posts, in particular the Public
Information Officer
■ Report to each intergroup meeting to keep intergroup informed on a regular basis. A
copy of each intergroup report should be sent to the Regional YPLOs, who should
be kept informed of developments in the intergroup
■ Attend regional Workshops when available, and keep in contact with the Regional
Liaison Officer

Regional Young People’s Liaison Officer

(Refer to section ‘The Region’ in The AA Structure Handbook for Great Britain.)
It is through the regional assembly that the Regional Liaison Officer is elected, ideally
though not essentially being a member with some experience at intergroup level.
It is recommended that the officer should have at least three years’ continuous sobriety
at the time of election and that the officer should serve for a maximum of three years and
be confirmed in post annually. The officer should have come into AA at the age of 30 or
younger.

The main tasks of the Regional Liaison Officer, in addition to those mentioned in 12:2.1
above, are to:

■ Establish close working relations with other service posts, in particular the Public
Information Officer

■ Communicate with Intergroup Liaison Officers within the region and to collate
information from them into a report to be given by the Regional Officer to each
Regional Assembly

■ Send a copy of each such report to the Board Trustee for YPLOs

■ Encourage intergroups where liaison activity is slow or non-existent to seek
members to undertake service in this area

■ Offer support and encouragement to Intergroup Liaison Officers, especially those
new to the role and those taking up previously vacant positions

■ Liaise with other regions in coordinating activities

■ Communicate with the Board Trustee for YPLO

■ Prepare an annual report on the region’s liaison activities and send it to the Young
People’s Board Trustee.
Experience has shown the following activities to be helpful:

■ Holding workshops at regional level, where all the Intergroup Liaison Officers and
helpers are invited to share their experience, and to encourage others into service

■ Visiting intergroups and groups when requested for help, assistance or guidance

■ Supporting intergroups in attempts to reach out to young alcoholics

■ Setting up effective links between Intergroup and Regional Liaison Officers to
share experience and offer mutual encouragement and support between regional
assemblies and workshops.