Marko Kovacic, a member of the youth research group at the Institute for Social Research in Zagreb, participated in the study visit to Minneapolis, Minnesota. Marko was a member of the Croatian youth workers and researchers team that spent two weeks at the University of Minnesota (USA) where they had the opportunity to get to know with the Minnesotan youth sector.
The visit was organized by the Department of Youth Studies, University of Minnesota, aimed to introduce Croatian researchers and civil society representatives with youth policies of Minnesota, as well as with diverse concepts of youth work. During a two-week stay in the U.S., Croatian were participating in a seminar Youth work in contested spaces run by distinguished American expert in youth work, prof. dr. Ross Velor Roholt. Other parts of this study visit included visits to various institutions and organizations dealing with youth and holding several public lectures on youth in Croatia through the prism of post-conflict area.
Representatives from the University of Minnesota have expressed a desire to continue cooperation with the Croatian organizations on similar topics and to realize an institutional cooperation with the Croatian public research institutes and universities.
This study visit is a first part of a larger project that will end up visiting American colleagues / Croatia since mid 2015.
In addition to the study visit, an international conference on youth work Youth Work History was held on 2 and 3 June 2014 in St. Paul, where Marko Kovacic gave a presentation on the formal mechanisms of social and political participation of young people in Croatia.