Consider having a discussion in your Al‑Anon meetings on the following topics:
- Reaching out to local Alateen Group Sponsors or Alateen members to inquire if they have sufficient Conference Approved Literature (CAL) to support their meeting.
- Welcoming teenagers into the Al‑Anon meeting whether there is an Alateen meeting or not.
- Inviting an Alateen speaker to participate in your Al‑Anon group anniversary or special celebrations.
- Having the Al‑Anon group consider passing the basket on a regular basis to support Alateen.
- Consider the idea of suggesting an Alateen fundraiser at a District event, Area Assembly, or Area World Service Committee (AWSC) meeting.
- Suggest the Group Representative (GR) take the topics discussed to the District meeting.
It can sometimes be difficult for Alateen groups to become fully self-supporting. This is where Al‑Anon members and groups can help. “Together We Can Make It!”
THANK GOD for all of the options open to members and non-members to find hope
My understanding is that locally here in Central New York there is a problem with the Alateens or prospective Alateens physically getting to the meeting. I was an AMIAS and Alateen Sponsor for 13 years before the 2003 Board Motion and for a short time after that. I had been involved with two very large Alateen groups at that time and getting 30 or more Alateens to a meeting was always an issue. My fellow Alateen Sponsors and I, both male and female, used to drive the teens to and from the meeting, with the direct permission from their parents.… Read more »
While financial support is always welcome, perhaps an even better way to support your local Alateen meeting would be to bring your young people to that Alateen meeting, if there is one. The more young people there are in the meetings, the better the meetings are for them, similarly to Al-Anon meetings. Your kids, your grands, a niece or nephew… if there is a need. And chances are, if you are going to Al-Anon, there is probably a need. From the Alateen tablecard, “Has Al-Anon helped you? Why wouldn’t you want to give that gift to your child?”
Love having Alateens speak at Al-Anon meetings. Maybe a few though, because they support each other and they tend to run out of steam pretty quickly. Also, including them in anniversary meetings can be fun, if they share a location. Kind of like a family celebration.
Updated Alateen literature is desperately needed.
We used to have Alateen meetings where I live in Staten Island. But due to no attendance of teenagers, they closed. These suggestions are greatly appreciated, and I will bring this up at our next business meeting. And, may you have a beautiful and blessed day.