Starting an Alateen group

Alateen groups may be requested by professionals, parents, teens, A.A., and/or Al-Anon members. A preliminary step to getting a group started is having a pool of Area-certified Al-Anon Members Involved in Alateen Service (AMIAS) available to serve as the Alateen Group Sponsors and as substitute/backup for the primary Alateen Group Sponsors. Alateen groups cannot meet without certified Alateen Group Sponsors present.

The first step to starting an Alateen group is contacting your Area Alateen Coordinator who can provide:

  • Information about becoming certified in your Area.
  • The Area Alateen Safety and Behavioral Requirements.
  • The forms necessary for certification and group registration.

Your District Representative, Al-Anon Information Service, or the WSO can provide you with contact information.

Reviewing the guideline Starting an Alateen Group (G-19) and the Alateen Policy section of the Al-Anon/Alateen Service Manual (P-24/27) may be helpful.

A brief overview on How to Start an Alateen Group.

The 2003 Alateen Motion from the Board of Trustees