Information for AMIASs (Al‑Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service)
Alateen is Al‑Anon and is a program of recovery for young people affected by the drinking problems of others — parents, grandparents, siblings or friends.
Alateen is the responsibility of all 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 don’t have to do it alone! Many of us 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.