The 17th annual Focus Youth Conference will take place July 25 through 28 at UC Irvine.

The seminar, designed for people between ages 16 and 20, will be presented by Mike McCaffrey, a Laguna Beach resident who has spoken to more than 500,000 people in the United States and around the world since 1968.

The Focus Youth Conference is a personal development course on values, goal-setting, communications and decisions that generate positive consequences.

The seminar costs $450, which includes lodging and meals. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, contact McCaffrey at P.O. Box 4101, Laguna Beach, Calif., 92652, or call (714) 497-6616.

"Step Into the Future," a three-day self-esteem program for teen-agers presented by the nonprofit Archer Foundation, will be held June 14 through 16 at the Church of Religious Science in Fullerton.

The program offers teens a hands-on, practical approach to decision-making. Teens will learn how to say no and mean it, say yes and keep their promises, determine their own consequences and take responsibility for their choices.

Tuition is $100, and enrollment is under way. For brochures and registration forms, call Claudia Finklea at (714) 963-5262.

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--Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

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