Alateens find hope in situations that often seem hopeless. Working with these teens who suffer the family disease of alcoholism can be a rewarding experience. Here are what some local area Alateens and Alateen Sponsors say about the program.
One Teen Didn't Want to Go... at First
"You know, Mom, I didn't want to go to the Alateen meeting tonight, but after I go I always feel better. We laughed, it was fun, and it makes me want to do the right thing because I feel like they'll find out if I do something wrong."
Local Alateen Member
It's a Great Feeling to Give Back
"What it means to me to be an Alateen sponsor?- It is something that I look forward to each week. I feel privileged to be an Alateen sponsor. To be a part of these young peoples' lives and to facilitate their meetings. I am learning so much from them, and remembering what it felt like to be young and going through tough times. It's a great feeling to give something back to the program that has helped me learn how to take care of myself."
Local Alateen Sponsor
Honor to Sponsor
"For over two years I have had the honor to sponsor the Daniel Bryant Youth Center meeting every Tuesday from 6:15 to 7:15pm. It has been the most rewarding 12th step work I have done. All I have to do is show up each week, sit in the meeting and share my experience/strength/hope with the teens. But I mainly just listen to them share what is going on. The teens teach me so much and remind me of just how hard it is being around active alcoholism. I am glad they have a place to come and share. I know many women in Al-Anon could have used these meetings when they were younger. If you are interested in Alateen sponsorship, please contact your local Alateen coordinator at Alateen@AlAnonSantaBarbara.info. We need more sponsors!"
Former Santa Barbara Coordinator