Become an Alateen Sponsor!

Welcome!  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. For the safety of the teens and Sponsors, Alateen groups cannot meet without certified Sponsors present.   What is Alateen?  

How to Become an Alateen Sponsor!

If you would like more information about becoming an Alateen Sponsor, please email District 4’s Alateen Process Person at

To serve as an Alateen group sponsor, substitute group sponsor, transportation sponsor or conference sponsor in District 4, Northern California, you must be a certified AMIAS (Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service). There are specific requirements for someone to become an AMIAS and there is a process that must be completed.

Before you start the process, it is suggested that you download and read the Alateen Service e-Manual (PDF).  (Be sure to enter your group name & AFG.) This e-manual contains valuable information about all aspects of Alateen service, from starting a group to Alateen safety. It’s required reading before you attend your first AMIAS training workshop.


  • You must be an Al-Anon member regularly attending Al-Anon meetings, working with a sponsor.
  • You must be at least 21 years old.
  • You must have at least two years in Al-Anon, in addition to any time spent in Alateen.
  • You must 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 inappropriate sexual behavior.
  • You must not have demonstrated emotional problems which could result in harm to Alateen members.

In addition to the above, there is a requirement that every AMIAS attend an AMIAS training workshop before being certified and at least once each subsequent calendar year.