The Lompoc Youth Commission is proud to announce the 9th Annual TOTAL (Teaching Our Teens As Leaders) Conference, scheduled for Friday, March 24 at Dick DeWees Community & Senior Center.

TOTAL is a teen leadership conference open to all junior high and high school students. The keynote speaker and breakout sessions are designed to teach, motivate, empower, energize and inspire participants.

The conference opens at 8:30 a.m. with check-in and a light breakfast. The program runs 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The day includes breakfast, lunch, and breakout sessions.

Keynote speaker is Laymon Hicks, author of “A Kids Book about Failure.” Other presentations will be provided by Lompoc Police Department, Chuck Madson of Future for Lompoc Youth, Fighting Back Santa Maria Valley, and Lompoc Youth Commissioners.

Preregistration is recommended. Registration fees are $15 per student, and scholarships are available on a request basis.

Register by phone at 805-875-8100, at Anderson Recreation Center, 125 W, Walnut Ave. during normal business hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or online at