How to become an Alateen sponsor

Thank you for your interest in the Alateen program.  Your willingness to take on this important and rewarding service work shows a sincere commitment to the program.

The Board of Trustees of Al-Anon Family Groups and the World Service Conference has determined that safety of our teens, our sponsors and our Alateen groups is paramount.  As a result, we ask you to adhere to the highest standards of conduct around members of Alateen.

Helpful definitions:

AMIAS- Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service; aka Alateen sponsor

AAPP- Alateen Area Process Person- handles all of the Alateen paperwork and certifies AMIAS’s so they can work in Alateen meetings.

Area 24– MD and DC- when you are certified, it is to work in this Area only- other Areas have their own requirements and process.


An AMIAS is an Al-Anon member who serves as a sponsor in an Alateen meeting, provides transportation, serves as sponsor at Al-Anon and Alateen events, Conventions and Conferences where there is Alateen involvement, as well as serving as Alateen Group Sponsors.  Once certified, AMIAS’s need to re-certify annually through Area 24 to continue to work with Alateen members.

To become an AMIAS, Area 24 requires that you fulfill certain requirements outlined in the following process:

  1. Carefully review the current WSO and Area 24 Safety and Behavioral Requirements on the  Alateen MD DC Web site (  on the tab –  “Alateen Sponsor resource page”.
  2. Fill out the Area 24 AMIAS Candidate application form and push the SUBMIT button at the bottom of the 2nd page.  The link to this form is at the top of this page.
  3. Ask 2 members of Al-Anon you have known for at least 2 years to go to this web site and on the “How to become an Alateen sponsor” tab, complete the reference form and push the SUBMIT button. The link to this form is at the top of this page. One reference must be from your Al-Anon sponsor. It may not be a family member. He/she must be over 18 years old.
  4. Email a copy of your driver’s license or other government ID with your picture on it to: You can simply take a picture of it with your phone and email it.
  5. After all of the information has been received, you will receive an email with instructions on how to have your background check completed.  This usually takes 1-2 weeks. If you have to pay for the service, fill out an Expense Reimbursement Form and attach your receipt. Mail this to the AREA 24 Treasurer and he/she will reimburse you. The address is on the form. {Note: You should complete the required AMIAS training before having the Background check completed.}
  6. After all paperwork is completed, and training taken, the AAPP will enter your information into the WSO online database.
  7. If approved, the WSO will assign an official WSO number. This usually takes a week or so.
  8. The AAPP will notify you, via email, that you are certified to be an AMIAS  in Area 24.

Very Important- your certification is not complete until you receive a notification from the AAPP, which means that you cannot attend an Alateen meeting until you receive this notification.