2011 Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Youth Symposium to address Bullying and Gangs

March 11, 2011, 9:30 to 4:30
Cocoanut Grove, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
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The annual youth symposium was founded by the family of Jon E. Nadherny in 1995 as a way of dealing with the grief and impact resulting from his suicide.  Each year, the symposium brings together educators and therapists to listen to national experts and engage in conversation about the mental and behavioral issues that have great impact on the youth in our community. The Symposium is a collaboration between the Nadherny/Calciano family and the Dominican  Hospital Foundation.

This year, the 13th annual Symposium will focus its morning session on the causes, types and effects of bullying. Speakers include Ronald G. Slaby, PhD, a Senior Scientist at the Center on Media & Child Health at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School and a session led by Ron Indra,  Harbor High School teacher,  member of the Santa Cruz City Schools Task Force on LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning) issues and Director of the Safe Schools Project. The afternoon session, led by criminologist Cheryl L. Maxson will look at factors leading youth into gangs, signs of gang involvement and how gangs are defined by law enforcement. Maxson is co-author of “Street Gang Patterns and Policies” as well as “Responding to Troubled Youth” and  co-editor of The Modern Gang Reader. Local presenters include Officer Arnold Vasquez (Santa Cruz Police Department), Sgt. Roy Morales (Santa Cruz Sheriffs Office), Master Officer Henry Robles (Watsonville Police Department), Mike Walker (Retired – Department of Justice, Co-Founder of the Central Coast Gang Investigators Association). The panel will be facilitated by Dr. Freddie Weinstein, CMO, Dominican Hospital.

The event usually sells out.  To reserve a seat online, visit the Calciano Youth Symposium website.