The Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (YATA) is a network of young professionals and academics who are interested in international security policy, NATO and the E.U. YATA consists of 36 member organizations, or so-called national chapters, all of which are the youth wings of established NGO’s in their respective countries – these NGO act as the national chapters of YATA’s parent organization, the Atlantic Treaty Association (ATA). YATA’s vision is to be the leading youth network in fostering the values of democratic rule, rule of law, civil liberty, peace and security, and in reinforcing the transatlantic link as defined in the North Atlantic Treaty.
We strive to draw together the young leaders of today and tomorrow and we see it as our mission to bridge the gap between the policy level and civil society. We focus on dynamic youth engagement and transatlantic cooperation in areas of international security and defense. YATA remains instrumental in aligning values from both sides of the Atlantic and all over Europe and, generally, it is paramount to the promotion of cooperation and dialog. We act as a forum for debate in which member associations can realize common interests and goals in the security environment of the 21st century, and the Youth’s role in it.
YATA seeks to educate and promote cooperation among youth in NATO Allied and Partner countries, in an effort to create responsible future leaders, who will have an understanding of and are committed to the values written in the North Atlantic Treaty.