Safety in Alateen

Every Alateen group needs active, adult members of Al-Anon to serve as Alateen Group Sponsors.  An Alateen Group Sponsor has a dual role:  to provide safety in the meeting and to help the Alateens keep the meeting focused on the Al-Anon/Alateen program of recovery, sharing knowledge of our Twelve Steps and Alateen Traditions.  Since 2003, when the Al-Anon Family Group Headquarters, Inc. Board of Trustees established minimum requirements for Alateen service, Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service must meet requirements set by their state or province.  For the safety of the teens and Sponsors, Alateen groups cannot meet without certified Sponsors present.

Alateen Group Sponsors are dedicated volunteers who freely give of their time to assist these young people in finding recovery in Alateen.  All Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service must be a minimum of 21 years of age, and must be Al-Anon members for a minimum of two years in addition to any time in Alateen.

A Message to Parents from an Alateen Group Sponsor