YATA Denmark is a nonpartisan youth organization whose goal is to spread knowledge and generate debate about current security, defense and foreign policy issues.
YATA Denmark was founded in 1986. Our parent organization, with whom we have close cooperation, is the Danish Atlantic Treaty Association (DATA/Atlantsammenslutningen), established in 1950. DATA is a national chapter of ATA, which has developed 37 national chapters since is foundation. Besides being a chapter of DATA, YATA Denmark is also a member of YATA international.
Security policy issues affect many parts of Danish and European society, from military and commercial collaborations to energy supplies and diplomatic relations with potential consequences of disease epidemics, migration and climate change.
Therefore, we believe that security is too important to be left to politicians alone, hence the need to create a solid basis for debate and decision in civil society – not least among young people.
We strive to enable university students, cadets and graduates under 35 years of age to engage with political, military and security experts. We are widely represented across academic and political institutions, resulting in a more holistic approach to the topic of security.
YATA seeks to educate and promote cooperation among youth in NATO Allied and Partner countries, in an effort to create responsible future leaders who have an understanding of and are committed to the values in the North Atlantic Treaty.
- Volunteerism provides the foundation for YATA and is therefore a precondition for the success of the organization. Our national chapters consist of students, young researchers and professionals who all contribute their free time to improving our global community by drawing attentions to important issues, being constructively critical of decision-makers, promoting dialog and thereby impacting agendas. Strong academic and social networks made up of dedicated individuals are created on all levels while working toward a common cause.
- Open dialog is an important part of how and why we involve young people, namely in the belief that if two individuals have engaged in civil dialog, hostility between them is less likely. We make questions of global security more relevant to younger generations. We provide a forum for factual well-informed discussion by educating and facilitating debates that develop ideas which we can help to communicate through various channels.
- Development and leadership are central to ensuring that our volunteers are constantly developing skills and being challenged. With the help of good leadership and personal development structures we work to recognize and motivate our volunteers. The organizational skills and political knowledge developed in YATA, as well as the ability to communicate with, manage, and motivate individuals from a wide array of countries and cultures, are competencies that prepare our volunteers for the future as leaders and catalysts of change.
Our purpose is supported by our core activities including, but not limited to, organizing informative talks, debate-raising events, Ambassador visits, small closed discussion forums, visits to embassies, exciting study tours, briefings with the National Defense and visits to Defense institutions such as Frogman Corps.