Information for AMIAS (Al‑Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service)

The Alateen Service e-Manual (PDF) is required reading for anyone interested in being an AMIAS (Al‑Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service). It is filled with tips and topics for AMIAS — Alateen Group Sponsors and others involved in service to Alateen by providing transportation or working with Alateens at a conference or roundup. The section headings are Overview of Alateen Service, Becoming an Alateen Group Sponsor, Starting an Alateen group, Organization of an Alateen group, Role of Alateen Group Sponsors in Alateen Group Meetings, Relationships with Alateens, Role of Alateen Group Sponsors/AMIAS outside of group meetings, Alateen participation in events, Spreading the word – Alateen public outreach, Challenges in Alateen service, WSO Resources, Alateen Safety, and Legal Issues.

Additional resources are the WSO guidelines (PDF files) on Alateen Safety (G34), Starting an Alateen Group (G19), Alateen Meetings in Schools (G05) and Alateen Conferences (G16).

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 (AMIAS) are required to register with and be certified by Minnesota South Area.

Each AMIAS must meet certain requirements detailed in the Minnesota South Area 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 before certification and each calendar year. Consult the schedule of AMIAS training workshops for places and times of future workshops.

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 Midlake Alateen Convention since they are also considered to be AMIAS.

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. From this page you can download the forms and other information that you will need to get the certification process going.

If you are already a Minnesota South Area certified AMIAS, your certification needs to be renewed every year by April 30.  You can download the AMIAS recertification form (PDF).

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.

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Updated 27 January 2021