Q & A on AMIAS Sponsorship
Why do we need Alateen Sponsors?
*Alateens cannot meet without an AMIAS present. This means that Alateen meetings cannot exist without AMIAS sponsors.
How often do I participate?
*As much or as little as you like. Currently we are short on Alateen sponsors for the Wednesday Night meeting at 8pm at Ogden Regional. We are looking for someone to attend the Alateen meeting as an AMIAS sponsor every 3rd Wednesday and/or every 4th Wednesday of the month(1 or 2 meetings a month). We need sponsors that are willing to fill in for sponsors when they are unable to make a meeting. We also need sponsors to assist at UTAC (Utah Alateen Conference).
How do I become AMIAS?
*You need 2 years of Al-Anon participation, consistently attend Al-Anon meetings, be 21 years of age, and successfully complete 3 forms (Utah Alateen Service Member Candidate Profile, AMIAS Background Check form, and Al-Anon Member Involved in Alateen Service Form). Contact Michelle L (contact info below) to submit forms.
What do they do at an Alateen Meeting?
* An Alateen meeting is structured just like an Al-Anon meeting with the exception that they usually read the Alateen Dos and Don’ts along with the other meeting literature. The chair person (Alateen member) picks a topic and the teens read on the topic and/or share their experience, strength, and hope.
What is the AMIAS Role in an Alateen Meeting?
* As AMIAS your main role is to be in the room so the Alateens can have a meeting. Sometimes it may be necessary to keep the kids on track with the topic and to set healthy behavior guidelines/boundaries for the meeting. You are welcome to share your experience, strength, and hope in the meeting, however you are encouraged to listen and not dominate the meeting.
What if a child talks about being abused?
* It is Utah State Law that if you know of child abuse, you must report it to the authorities.
Will being an AMIAS sponsor bring up my childhood issues?
* It is very possible. If this happens talk reach out to another AMIAS sponsor and/or your Al-Anon sponsor to work through these feelings.