Last Updated: 2November 2015
|Alateen is Al-Anon and is a program of recovery for young people affected by other peoples drinking.
Alateen is the responsibility of all of us in Al-Anon as we seek recovery for our families, our friends, and ourselves from the disease of alcoholism. Younger family members have suffered as we have, and are desperately in need of Twelve Step recovery in Alateen. We in the Minnesota South Area accept the responsibility to provide safe places for Alateen members to find the hope and healing that we have found in Al-Anon.
Join us in the great adventure of Alateen Sponsorship! You dont have to do it alone! Many have walked this road before you, and we will help you on the way. This page can help you get started.
Most Alateen groups follow a similar format to regular Al-Anon groups. They differ in that (1) membership is limited to teenagers (this sometimes may include preteens), and (2) an Alateen group must have at least one Al-Anon member (preferably two) as group sponsor. Only Alateens and Al-Anon members who have been certified to be Alateen adult sponsors may attend an Alateen meeting, unless the meeting is explicitly open and anyone may attend.
Thus Alateen cannot exist without Al-Anon members willing to be Alateen sponsors.
Those who are or who have been Alateen sponsors can testify that being an Alateen Sponsor is a rich Step 12 experience. Come to one of the Alateen sponsor meetings and workshops (see side bar) and learn more about sponsorship.
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To ensure the safety of Alateen members, at the direction of the Al-Anon Family Groups Board of Trustees, Adult Alateen sponsors and other Al-Anon members who work with Alateens are required to register with Minnesota South Area. Such Al-Anon members are also known as AMIASs (Al-Anon Members Involved In Alateen Service)
Each AMIAS must meet certain requirements detailed in the Minnesota South Area (MSAA) Alateen Safety Policy. These requirements include being at least 21 years old, having been in Al-Anon at least two years, not counting time in Alateen, and undergoing a background check. In addition each AMIAS must attend at least one AMIAS workshop each calendar year (see sidebar for dates). Upcoming workshops are listed to the left,
The requirements extend to volunteers who provide transportation to Alateen events or work with Alateens at a convention such as Gopher State Roundup or Minnesota Fellowship Weekend since they are also considered to be AMIASs.
If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or starting a new Alateen group, you should familiarize yourself with the Minnesota South Area Alateen Safety Policy and the WSO Alateen Safety Guidelines (G34) (PDF). In addition, there are forms that you will need to complete. Contact Minneapolis Al-Anon/Alateen Information Services 952-920-3961 for information on what needs to be done.
If you are in Minnesota North Area you should contact the Minnesota North Area Alateen Coordinator. or the Area Alateen Process Person.
A group with any unregistered sponsors will not be recognized by WSO or Minnesota South or North Areas and will be asked to disband. In particular, such groups will not be listed on the web or in meeting directories.
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Become an AMIAS Alateen Sponsor
A. Be an active Al-Anon member regularly attending Al-Anon meetings
B. Be actively working with an Al-Anon sponsor
C. Be at least 21 years old
D. Have at least two years in Al-Anon, in addition to any time spent in Alateen
E. Complete a background check process verifying that you have not been convicted of a felony and have not been charged with child abuse or any other inapproriate sexual behavior.
F. Not have demonstrated emotional problems which could result in harm to Alateen member.
You must also attend an an Alateen sponsor training workshop before you can be certified as an AMIAS. To maintain AMIAS status you must attend at least one training workshop each calendar year.
(Alateen Sponsor) Workshops
AMIAS stands for Al-Anon Members Involved In Alateen Service
Are you interested in becoming an AMIAS? Or do you want to know more about becoming an Alateen Sponsor. Attending an AMIAS workshop is the first step. Email the Area Alateen Coordinator
Saturday, Nov. 21
Monticello Area Alano Society
Groups or districts willing to host an AMIAS Workshop
Contact the Minnesota South Area Alateen Coordinator to learn what this would involve
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