Inspiring Outreach for Youth Behavioral Science Since 1995

STRENGTHENING  Community Behavioral Health Awareness

The mission of the Jon E. Nadherny Memorial Youth Symposium is to create a community experience that reaches across the entire range of mental health professionals and educators. The wide variety of topics covered help foster an open dialogue among physicians, social workers, health care professionals, school personnel and public law enforcement officials. This ensures solution-creating networks and improved access to service for adolescents, young adults and their families.

In conjunction with the Dominican Hospital Foundation and Santa Cruz County Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium is able to provide continuing education credit.

March 1, 2024

2024 Symposium

Cultivating Understanding & belonging: positively impacting youth mental health

Celebrating over 25 years, the 2024 Annual Nadherny/Calciano Symposium returns live to the Santa Cruz Cocoanut Grove Grand Ballroom on Friday, March 1, 2024.

2018 Symposium – Photo from Santa Cruz Sentinel – Read Article

Celebrating 25 Years of Dedicated Service to Our Community

History and Legacy

In 1995, the Calciano family lost Jon, their 23-year-old son, and brother, to suicide. After two years of collaboration with the Dominican Hospital Foundation, the family inaugurated the Jon E. Nadherny/Calciano Memorial Youth Symposium to strengthen adolescent behavioral health resources in our community. These annual symposia enable local families, educators, and mental and medical health professionals to hear and interact with renowned specialists in a wide range of timely topics. Over the past twenty years, areas of focus have ranged from suicide to bullying, ADHD, substance abuse, and gender identity.

The Calciano family is grateful for the hundreds of symposia participants who work tirelessly to improve the mental health and coping abilities of adolescents in our community. We welcome you to join us at our 25th anniversary event.