Last Updated: 1 February 2016
|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.
Alateens Big Book
Al-Anon / Alateen
Become an AMIAS Alateen Sponsor
Is Alateen Sponsoship for you? You might start by downloading Alateen Sponsorship, Is it for you? (S27, PDF) produced by the WSO. If you can answer yes to some of the questions, you would probably find being an Alateen adult sponsor rewarding.
To learn more about Alateen sponsorship, pick up a copy of the pamphlet A Guide for Sponsors of Alateen Groups (P-29) available in the Information Services and Intergroup book stores.
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 and be certified by 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. Upcoming workshops are listed to the left,
The requirements extend to volunteers who provide transportation to Alateen events or who 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 think you might be interested in becoming an AMIAS, as a group sponsor, substitute sponsor, transportation sponsor or conference sponsor, you should read a summary of the requirements and the certification process (new). From this page you can download the forms and other information that you will need to get the certification process going.
Another source of valuable information is the WSO Alateen Safety Guideline (G34). Other guidelines related to Alateen are Starting an Alateen Group (G19), Alateen Meetings in Schools (G05) and Alateen Conferences (G16).
If you are in Minnesota North Area you should contact the Minnesota North Area Alateen Coordinator or Area Alateen Process Person.
A group with any uncertified 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.
The wonderful literature written by and for Alateens is a great resource for sponsors. There are two daily readers, Alateena day at a time (B-10) and Living Today in Alateen (B3), and two wonderful books with readings on the Steps and Traditions, AlateenHope for Children of Alcoholics (B-3) (also available as e-book eB-3) and Courage to Be MeLiving with Alcoholism (B-23). These all can be used in meetings and read by Alateens outside of meetings. Some groups give a daily reader to each newcomer.
Amoung the many helpful pamphlets are the workbook Alateens 4th Step Inventory (P-64), Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions for Alateens (P-18), and Alateen Talks Back on: Acceptancs (P-68), Detachment (P-73), Serenity (P-69) and Slogans (P-70). These can be purchased either from Minneapolis Al-Anon/Alateen Services or St. Paul Al-Anon/Alateen Intergroup.
(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
Wednesday Feb. 17
Easter Lutheran Church
Bring a snack if you would like
This can serve as the required annual workshop for a certified AMIAS or can be an introduction for anyone interested in Alateen.
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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