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Youth Group Names 2019

  • The Orchard
  • One-2-One
  • Unworthy
  • Satisfied
  • The City
  • Three SixTeens
  • PROPS (Proper Respect) for God
  • Built on the Rock
  • Bloom
  • Pure Fire
  • Area 51
  • Psyche
  • Rise
  • The Stone Rejected
  • Contenders
  • Means book in Greek
  • Soma
  • W.A.R.
  • Jesus Freaks
  • Anointed
  • Changed
  • The Outsiders
  • Pulse
  • Joshua’s Army
  • For Christ
  • Epidemic
  • Conquerors
  • Iron-Sharp
  • 3D Youth
  • Stand
  • Greek for God
  • Read Article
  • Grand Central
  • Infantry
  • Voyage
  • Ignite
  • Upper Room
  • Chosen
  • Called to Greatness
  • Forge
  • Oasis
  • HTH – Headed to Heaven
  • Cross Train
  • Jesus is the Way, The Truth and The Life.
  • Let Your Light Shine
  • Every Day God Encounter
  • No Fear
  • Rescue
  • One God, One Word, One Truth
  • Fanatics
  • WNL
  • Turn to Christ
  • United
  • Not Ashamed
  • Ministries
  • Infinite
  • Proclaim
  • Flashpoint
  • Cornerstone
  • Torch
  • Encounter
  • Christ’s Special Forces
  • SWAT Team
  • God Squad
  • Stormfront
  • Driven
  • Answer
  • Club 3:16
  • Shift
  • CTG
  • Eagle Wing(s)
  • Energeia (action)
  • Jump Start
  • FM
  • Act to Change
  • Synesis
  • Connection
  • Average Youth Ministry
  • Refuge
  • P.O.D.
  • New Compassions
  • God has Reconciled us!
  • Enfuego
  • Vision
  • Aliens
  • Task Force
  • Change
  • Jars (Jars of Clay)
  • Audacious
  • Good Thing Cling
  • Imprint
  • Switch House
  • Edge
  • Shine
  • Walking with Jesus
  • Royal Youth
  • More of Him, less of me
  • On fire for God
  • Saved With Amazing Grace
  • Anti-Gravity
  • Fuel
  • Front Line
  • New Life
  • Branded
  • Fire House
  • Army of God
  • Empowered
  • Ministry
  • The Nerve to Serve
  • Shield of Faith
  • Building Lives Around Sound Truth
  • Soul Fuel
  • Christ is our Oasis
  • Refine
  • Run The Race
  • Combustion
  • This is His Story
  • As Iron Sharpens Iron
  • Clay
  • Upward
  • Short for Regneration
  • Rejoice
  • Rekindle
  • Synergy
  • Warriors
  • Righteous Tent
  • Logos (reason and judgment)
  • C.I.A.
  • C.H.A.O.S.
  • Lost & Found
  • Doorframes
  • Disciples Union
  • Lifeguard
  • Plants & Pillars
  • Lifeline
  • Blaze
  • RockStars
  • Gravity
  • The Mix
  • God-sent understanding
  • Kindle
  • Aftershock
  • As One In Christ
  • Vivlion
  • Dedicated, Determined and Driven
  • Jubilee
  • Fusion
  • One
  • Joint Heirs
  • Cutting Edge
  • Occupy
  • Machaira
  • Cross Walk
  • It’s how we accomplish the Great Commission.
  • Overflow
  • W.O.R.D.
  • Free Radicals
  • Focus
  • Big House
  • I’m Lovin’ Him
  • Open Door
  • Flair
  • Fellow Citizens
  • Valor
  • Hoopla
  • Regen
  • Exchange
  • Greek for Sword, Matthew 10:34
  • Thrive
  • The Road
  • Audacious for God 2 Tim 1:7
  • Leading Teens Closer to Christ
  • Propelled
  • Freedom in Chirst
  • With All Your Heart
  • Adventurer
  • Unto Others
  • Journey
  • To Christ’s Love
  • Everpresence
  • Ends of the Earth
  • Flash
  • Blast
  • Ozone
  • GO
  • Jump
  • Christians Ready Equipped and Willing
  • Driven to Obedience
  • Vertical
  • Fuse
  • Ambassadors
  • Because we are the next chapter
  • Merge
  • HeirBorn
  • Proverbs 31 Girls
  • Place of Discipleship
  • Revolution
  • BTW – By the Well
  • S.O.S.
  • Love God Love People
  • Summit
  • Dwell
  • The Body of Christ
  • Wharehouse
  • Power Co.
  • Firm Stance
  • Revival
  • One God
  • Set Apart
  • Catch Fire
  • Truth
  • AsOne
  • Seekers
  • AYM
  • God First
  • Blatant
  • Once Blind
  • Impact your world for Christ
  • Chosen Generation
  • The Center on which we turn
  • Radical
  • One Eighty
  • Ground Breakers
  • Ransomed
  • enTrust
  • Alive
  • Zero Gravity
  • Awake
  • Squadron
  • Agape (love)
  • Transformed
  • Fellowship in Greek
  • By Faith
  • Life and Faith
  • Bonfire
  • Outbreak
  • Radical Generation
  • Hopes Answer
  • Four ThirTeens
  • Rock Solid
  • C.R.E.W.
  • Serving Others
  • Saved our Souls
  • X Change
  • CrossWay
  • On Fire For God
  • Glow
  • The Foundation
  • Rebel-ution
  • Citizens
  • Collision
  • Element
  • Walk Worthy
  • Patient Love
  • Life Teen
  • Hope
  • Cross Roads
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered
  • Inferno
  • Theos
  • The Cause
  • Flame
  • Impact
  • Project
  • Consumed
  • Glory Bound
  • Aspire
  • Fountain
  • Follow
  • U-Turn
  • Storm Chasers
  • B.L.A.S.T.
  • Let His Light Shine
  • Made In His Image
  • Alert
  • Freedom
  • Ablaze
  • Living Stones
  • Thunder
  • Springwater
  • Battalion
  • Plugged In
  • Illumin8
  • Intent
  • Soul Guard
  • Converge
  • One Way
  • Saturday Night Live
  • J-Walkers
  • Basic Training
  • Quench
  • All for Jesus
  • Fearless
  • Twelve 21
  • Search for:
  • Day By Day
  • Victory in Jesus – Called to Conquer
  • Student Ministries
  • First 2 Last
  • Working On Refining Disciples
  • Wholehearted
  • Catalyst
  • Keepers of the Command
  • The Rock
  • Reflect
  • Access
  • LOL – Living Out Loud
  • Flip Side
  • Atoma (indivisible or unbreakable)
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  • L.G.L.P.
  • Salt
  • Abide
  • Seal of Love
  • R-Gen
  • Faith Factor
  • Coals
  • Get On the Right Track, Acts 3:19
  • Soul Fire
  • Justified
  • Identity
  • By the power of the Gospel
  • Jolt
  • Xplosion
  • Re Generated Generation
  • Go And Make Disciples
  • Amplified
  • Because of His Love
  • Reset
  • Risen Life
  • OMG – Obeying My God
  • Steadfast
  • Undisputed
  • Kamikaze
  • Oxygen
  • All-Time Love
  • Power Up
  • EBZ
  • Fulfillment
  • Core
  • We are his workmanship, Ephesians 2:10
  • Koinonia
  • Christ Inside
  • Wake Up
  • Reflections
  • G1
  • Fervent
  • Testify
  • Covered By Love
  • Break Away
  • Voice
  • Paraclete
  • I’m Livin’ It
  • Teens for Truth
  • Solid Rock
  • Living Water Youth
  • Venture
  • Power Surge
  • Epic
  • Outburst
  • Battle Ready
  • Grace
  • S.W.A.G.
  • Christ is our Advocate
  • The Ark
  • Three18
  • No Limits
  • The Inseparable
  • Faithline
  • Renewed
  • Radicals
  • 412 Youth
  • The Immovables
  • ReGeneration
  • Refresh
  • Reconciled
  • Pure Joy
  • Energize
  • His Way
  • City Life
  • Jeremiah 20:9
  • The Keepers
  • Zeal
  • Psalm 23 Teens
  • Ground Zero
  • Proclaim God’s kingdom to the world
  • A.R.M.Y.
  • Legacy
  • Bus Stop
  • Safe Rest
  • Quest
  • Living Way
  • East From West
  • D.M.Z.
  • Wildside
  • Branding Youth Groups
  • Harvest
  • Bravehearted
  • Reality
  • Root Love
  • Exodus
  • Wise Walk
  • The Thread
  • Archer
  • L.I.T.E.
  • Living out our faith
  • Christ is Alive, or Christians in Action
  • Autumn/Spring Rains
  • Not of This World
  • Remedy
  • Resolution
  • Building on the Rock
  • Capacity
  • Good News
  • Element 412
  • Extreme
  • My Strength
  • Show his light to a dark world
  • Escape
  • SNL
  • Search Designs…
  • Wildfire
  • The Real Thing
  • Axios (worthy)
  • Collyde
  • Active
  • Journeymans Guild
  • Pathfinders
  • PowerWalk
  • Power House
  • Axis
  • Arise
  • Colossians 1:10
  • Transpose
  • Fireproof
  • Walk the Talk
  • Wild & Free
  • The Collective
  • Overcome
  • Rock
  • Rise & Shine
  • LightHouse
  • Souled Out
  • On The Move
  • Mighty Youth
  • One Purpose
  • Carpenters Union
  • Redemption
  • Mountaineers
  • Transit Youth
  • Rebel
  • Means soul in Greek
  • Nu Creations
  • Pipeline
  • Reviled
  • Anointed Reigning Mighty Youth
  • The Purpose
  • Tree of Life
  • End Zone
  • Kingdom Youth
  • Devoted
  • Breakthrough
  • Brigade
  • Mountain Movers
  • Agape
  • Abundant
  • Disciples Fellowship
  • Escape From The Darkness
  • War Room
  • The Solution
  • Youth on Fire
  • Victory
  • Worship Ministry
  • He is our Lifeline
  • Rooted
  • La Puerta
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How do you put a name on a church youth group? What are the best youth group name ideas and how do you select one? Which names work, and which ones don’t?

The naming challenge is something I have gone through myself. Upon seeing how deeply my youth group’s name — Faith Lutheran Youth (FLY) — was ingrained in the church culture, we decided that rather than change it I would give kids in my group the authority to come up with their own preferred name for our Sunday night program.

The result? We are now called Sunday Night Jingle Bells!

This somewhat absurd choice left me wondering how and why other youth group names originate. To find out, I spoke with youth workers at churches throughout America, including some in my home state of Illinois. These youth workers have put much thought and energy into giving their youth groups the names that best serve the needs of their youth, of young people they are trying to reach, and of the churches and parachurch organizations that sponsor them.

Break Through in Florida Student Minister Nhu Nguyen of First Christian Church in Boca Raton, Fla., wanted to show his students a new way of living through Jesus, so he knew his youth group’s name before he even began it: Break Through.

“A lot of people read the Bible, go to church, and go to youth group,” Nguyen said. “But how do you take that and live it out? Doing that’s a breakthrough in our society.”

Because the name is short and easy to communicate to their friends, youth have embraced it, in part because of Nguyen’s careful branding of it. Break Through’s logo is on everything the ministry does, including postcards and business cards that feature only the group and the ministry’s Web address, breakthroughyouth.net. Nguyen hopes this will raise curiosity and drive people to the ministry’s Web site where they’ll see it’s purpose and scope.

180 Degrees in Illinois The name of the youth ministry at First United Methodist Church in La Grange, Ill. — 180 Degrees — was a gift from the previous youth director to the current one, Hattie Stahl.

“The name is based on the 2 Corinthians 5:17 verse,” Stahl said. “The idea is that students who walk fully through the youth ministry program, who come to know Christ, are changed completely to become renewed creations.”

Fusion in Texas When High School Pastor Matt Fogle accepted his position at Compass Christian Church in Colleyville, Texas, each of Compass High School Ministry’s programs had a separate name. Fusion was the name Fogle inherited for his Wednesday night worship service.

Despite the fact the name’s meaning had been lost over time, Fogle decided to keep the name but focus on revamping its meaning: Now Fusion is about connecting youth to one another and to solid mentors, and its name is widely known and used by those who attend.

The Forge in ColoradoThe Forge is the Student Ministry at Covenant Presbyterian in Colorado Springs, Colorado. This unique name came about because of this ministry’s efforts to live out Proverbs 27:17, “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

To help sharpen one another, each month a youth shares his or her faith story. As youth worker Jeremy Phifer recalls, “These nights were insightful into the lives of the students. You could see who was going through the refining process and who was trying to appear as though they had it all together. The image of a forge where the refining process took place came to me. The idea is that when kids were left to their own devices they “forged” an identity on their own and became a fraud also rang true. It was the perfect name.”

Velocity in Illinois For six years, the junior high ministry at Westside Christian Church in Springfield, Ill., was known as Student Explosion. Junior High Minister Chris Sandel says that when the church’s new high school minister decided to change the name of the church’s high school ministry, Sandel felt it was time to rename the junior high ministry, as well.

For Sandel, it was important that the ministry’s new name reflect the energy of a junior high ministry; that it be short and easy to communicate verbally and visually; and that it be connected to the name of the high school ministry, which is the culmination of the church’s family ministries. When the high school ministry chose Fusion for its name, it seemed logical to name the junior high ministry Velocity.

Because Velocity was a name change, publicizing it was key. To help build mystery and excitement about the ministry’s new name, Sandel kept it a surprise until the fall kick-off and then did a series built around the ministry’s new name. He also launched a new Web site, westsidevelocity.org, featuring the ministry’s new name and logo. This excitement generated momentum for the ministry and allowed it to communicate its values in new ways.

Good Shep Youth in Illinois David Perez is the Director of Youth and Children at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church in Bartlett, Illinois. As a new youth worker, he didn’t have time to give a lot of thought to coming up with a more creative name for his ministry than Good Shep Youth, a name his youth have now accepted.

“My focus right now is for our youth to identify with our church’s vision, ‘Making Jesus real in our hearts and community,'” Perez said. “Keeping our name Good Shep Youth is a way for me to make sure they know they’re actually a part of the church and not just a group that uses the church building.”

While Perez admits that a catchier youth group name might help attract students to his ministry, he also fears that a catchy youth group name might be the equivalent of the shallow soil in the Parable of the Sower. According to Perez, “Unless the ministry is already rooted firmly, the name might just end up becoming a passing fad.”

Principles for Naming Your Group How then can you avoid having your youth group name become another passing fad and instead choose a name that sticks and reflects what your ministry is?

First, don’t force the naming process. “Students may hold tightly to a name because it may remind them of a special time in their life,” The Forge’s Phifer warns. “Get to know the students. Feel the pulse of the group. That will help you know when the time is right.”

Second, when the time is right to name your group, focus on your brand and your message. Velocity’s Sandel urges youth workers to answer the questions, “What do we want our name to communicate? What makes our group different?”

After answering those questions, gather an intergenerational group of creative people to brainstorm names. Choose names that are short and easy to communicate verbally and visually. If you’re planning on launching a Web site featuring the group’s name, check the availability of domain names as you brainstorm.

Third, go for something that can last. Don’t focus on the flashiness of a particular name. Instead, as Fusion’s Fogle suggests, “Let your youth group name be birthed out of what God is calling your ministry to do.”

When you do that, your youth group name is much more likely to stick and be used by adults and youth.

Join the conversation: Tell us the name of your youth group and how you came up with it!

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More than 50 Great Ideas for Church Youth Groups. | Source

Church youth groups are a time-honored tradition for teens all around the world. They are an event where teens get together, usually once a week, to talk about almost anything. While almost all church youth groups are primarily focused on faith-based activities, those activities can vary widely from location to location.

Sometimes it’s difficult to come up with things for the kids to do. They get bored doing the same thing and, as anyone with teens knows, they can have fickle tastes.

Below is a comprehensive list of activities that any youth group of any size can do. Hopefully, the list will be helpful to group leaders, parents, and participants.

What’s your favorite youth group activity?

Incorporate Faith in as Many Activities as Possible

Sometimes it’s easy to set aside the faith part of a youth group meeting, especially when playing games, but try to incorporate it whenever you can.

Games

Games are an essential part of any youth group. If games aren’t played, participation and attendance will quickly decline. Make games a part of almost every meeting. The students will appreciate it and you’ll have a lot of fun too.

The M & M’s ice breaker game is one of many that will get your youth group talking and getting to know each other. | Source Ice Breakers

“Would You Rather” Game

Participants gather together and the 1st person picks a questions and the other people have to answer.

“Roll the Dice…Break the Ice” Game

There are 12 questions and kids go around the room rolling the dice and answering the question next to the number they roll.

M & M’s Game

Get a couple bags of M&M’s and participants go around the room and pick one out. They have to answer a question based on the color of candy they choose.

“This or That” Game

Go around the room and have people take turns asking “this or that” questions.

Concentric Circles

Form chairs in 2 circles, with one ring inside the other and facing each other. Have kids choose seats and give them a topic to discuss for a certain amount of time. Then have the kids shift chairs and ask another question. Play for a while.

Active Games

Gaga Ball

Make a pit in the church multipurpose room. Our church stands the foldable tables on their sides. The kids are in the pit and when the ball is thrown in anyone can hit it. If it hits a player below the knee, they are out. If the ball is caught in the air, the player who threw it is out. Play ends when there is one player left.

Sleeping Bag Worm Races

Have 2 sleeping bags ready. Have kids pull a name out of a hat and that will be their opponent. Have them get into the bag and crawl down the hall like a worm. Winners go on to race other winners until there is one champion.

Human Tic Tac Toe

Set up 9 chairs and divide kids into 2 groups of Xs and Os. Start playing.

Don’t Break the Streamers!

Tape crepe streamers crossing a hallway. Tape them low and high and some on a diagonal. Participants have to make their way down the hall without tearing any down.

Ready, Aim, Starburst!

A bag of Starburst candy is needed as well as tape or, if playing outside, sidewalk chalk. Make a target on the floor with a few rings, almost like a bow and arrow target. Have kids pair up and each person gets 10 pieces of candy. They get 10 chances to hit the target and get the points that the candy lands in. The winner gets a prize or moves on to play other winners.

There are loads of games to play with youth groups. Here’s a list of faith-based ones. | Source Faith-Based Games

Bible Jeopardy

Design a layout on a chalkboard or the wall like the Jeopardy tv show. The answers should be biblical references.

Bible 20 Questions

The leader has a biblical figure or episode in mind and the group asks questions. If they can guess the answer in 5 questions they get 20 points, between 6 – 10 questions – 15 points, 11- 15 questions – 10 points and 16 – 20 questions – 5 points.

Bible Super Bowl

Group is divided into 2 and there is a football field drawn on a piece of paper. The first team is asked a biblical question and if they answer correctly they get 10 yards. Keep playing just like football rules and decide when the game is over. Set a timer for answering questions.

Bible Scavenger Hunt

Design a scavenger hunt around church using biblical references.

Blind Faith Toss

Get a bag of mini marshmallows, some plastic cups and bandanas for blindfolding. Have teams of 2 with one person laying on the floor with a plastic up on their forehead. The other teammate is standing with a blindfold on trying to get marshmallows in the cup. The players get 2 minutes and then see who wins.

Bible Trivia

Leader has trivia questions and participants get a point when they answer correctly. Winner is the one with the most points at the end of the game.

Get Church Members of All Ages Involved!

Some of the elder members of churches love to help out with youth. Have a signup sheet and get a different volunteer for each meeting.

Mission/Service Projects

Mission and service projects are another integral part of any youth group. So many important lessons can be learned when the students participate in mission work.

Their faith grows as they help others and it’s a very powerful lesson for them.

Get your youth group active in one of these 12 service project ideas. | Source

“Operation Christmas” Boxes

Letters to the Troops

Visiting Women’s Shelters

Care packages for church members who are in college

Church Clean Up

Visiting Homeless Shelters

Visiting Senior Centers

Food Bank Collection

Clothing Drive

No-Sew Blankets for Children in Hospitals

Blessing Bags

Helping Out Shut-Ins

Distracted Youth?

Ditch the cellphones. Make a policy that cell phones are not allowed during meeting time unless there is a project that they are needed for.

Crafts

Crafts are probably something that shouldn’t be done every meeting. Youth groups are made up of teens and many of them aren’t interested in crafts, but sometimes a craft project hits the spot. Here are a few good ideas for this age.

Crafts are a fun part of any church youth group and here are some ideas to get you started. | Source

Painted Rocks

Cross Shaped String Art

Tie Dye

Melted Crayon Pictures

Painted Bible Verses

Fabric Cross

Make the Meeting Space Fun & Comfortable

Let the youth group help decorate the meeting space. Many churches have a dedicated youth room. Make it comfortable & fun. If you need anything, ask the parishioners. Most folks are happy to donate something to help out.

Other Youth Group Activities

Youth groups can’t do mission work or games all of the time, but the members need to be busy or they are going to get bored. Here some other ideas to keep meetings fun and meaningful.

During Regular Meeting Times

Movie Night

Music Night

Faith Discussions

Baking Night

Campfire Night

Babysitting Night

Birthday Celebrations

Favorite Snack Night

Favorite Cereal Night

Holiday Celebrations

Game Night

Bring a Friend Night

Get Outside!

Kids don’t always want to sit around in the youth group room. In nice weather why not have the meeting outside.

Church youth groups don’t just have to meet inside. Here are 10 plus ideas to mix up meeting locations. They’ll help keep the group interested. | Source Outside of Regular Meetings

Hiking

Youth Conferences

Concerts

Youth-Led Services

Game Night

Lock-ins

Rock-a-Thons

“Flamingo” Fundraising

Bowling

Meet With Other Youth Groups

Almost every church has a youth group. Why not mix it up a little bit and have an activity with a neighboring church. Chances are the youth will know each other and have a good time.

Prayer Walls are just one of the many ongoing activities church youth groups can organize. | Source Ongoing Activities

Projects don’t just have to be a one-time event. There are lots of projects youth groups can do that are ongoing. Members look forward to these kinds of activities because they are like an incentive to come back week to week to see what sort of progress is made. Ongoing projects are also a good way to give the group a little continuity.

Prayer Wall

Verse of the Week

Prayer Jars

Random Act of Kindness Wall

Wall of Hands

Weekly Devotion

The Best Youth Group Activity Ever

I really understood the importance of youth groups about 2 years ago when my daughter’s group held a church-wide game night and invited everyone to come and bring their favorite games.

We had a decent turn out of people and started to play games. The table I sat at had 3 youth, 2 middle-aged people and one of senior members of the church, probably in his late eighties. We played “Mystery Date” and lo and behold, the senior at our table won the game!

Our entire table got such a kick out of that and we laughed a long time. The gentleman spoke about that for a long time after that and, has sadly passed away since then, but I’ll always remember what fun he had.

It was such a simple concept, but that evening of inter-generational fun has stayed with me and what a wonderful lesson it was to the youth that were there that night.

I hope your youth group makes some happy memories with some of the ideas listed in this article.

Questions & Answers

  • Question:

    I attend a small church with limited space and a very small group, as the leader my challenge is how to attract new members with our limited resources. What should I do?

    Answer:

    That is difficult but maybe try “bring a friend” nights or trying doing some things outside. One other suggestion is to have a meeting at someone’s house. People like new settings and perhaps a church member or youth parent would be willing to open their house for a meeting.

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There are many different groups, organizations, and nonprofit charities that focus on helping people recover from substance abuse and addiction. One of these programs, Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), not only provides support for adults but also for teenagers. Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and AA both help teenagers who may feel like they have no one who can understand what they’re going through. Teen NA and AA meetings are very helpful for young people suffering from addiction because the programs show them that they’re not alone and that other people also deal with addiction issues.

The 12 step program has been used by millions of people around the world for several decades. More recently there has been a focus on teenagers and AA and NA support groups have become an important tool for them. Although not many people know, AA and NA support groups work with young adults who have succumbed to drugs and alcohol by using a modified version of the 12 step process.

This article is about Teen NA and AA. The article mentions a study which found that teenagers who attend NA or AA meetings following in-patient substance addiction treatment are much more likely to stay in long-term recovery. The study followed 160 teenagers who underwent inpatient treatment for substance abuse for about a month. Following treatment, the teenagers were referred to AA or NA meetings at discharge. The study found that those who attended AA or NA meetings within six months after treatment were more likely to remain sober than those who did not. The best results were seen with the teenagers who continued attending meetings over the entire eight year study period. According to the article, “During the first 6 months of recovery, study participants who went to one to two meetings a week fared better in the long run than those who passed on AA/NA altogether. A threshold of three meetings each week was associated with complete abstinence during the study period.”

It’s obvious from the article that NA and AA support groups are highly beneficial for teenagers. Although three meetings a week is a good number to aim for, most addiction experts recommend “90 meetings in 90 days.” It’s recommended that anyone attending AA or NA make as many meetings as possible.

Teenagers are very dependent on their own social structures and they need their friends to support them as much as possible. This article cites another study involving teens and their AA and NA participation. The study found that teens are much more dependent on their social environment and their friendships than their adult counterparts. Teenagers may be more susceptible to peer pressure, but they’re also more likely to rely on their support groups and the sober friends they’ve met. The support groups NA and AA also connect teenagers with a sober mentor, who acts as the teen’s sponsor. The sponsor has usually been sober for a while and they have the experience to advise others on how to stay sober.

According to the Associate Director for the Center for Addiction Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital John F. Kelly, “These findings support the common clinical recommendation that individuals should ‘go to meetings, get a sponsor, and get active’. This is the first evidence to support this common clinical recommendation among young people.”  AA and NA groups, meetings, mentorship, and even participation are great options for teens battling substance abuse and addiction. Although there is never any guarantee that anyone will remain clean and sober, AA and NA support groups can have a positive impact on anyone who attends.

Teen AA and NA Support Groups

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