Youth Empowerment Workshops

NO one left behind. RFC provides opportunity of up to twenty  youth and young adults ages 13-19+ to participate. Special concurrent workshops moderated and led by peers are available at the conference. Our goal is to catch them early , train them up with the realization the baton will be handed to them.

Topic: Embrace Your Divine Identity: Stand Up, Speak Up & Stand Out

Speaker: Janell McCovey


A Hartford native and alumna of Northwest Catholic High School, Janell is a Human Services major at Goodwin College, in pursuit of her Bachelor’s Degree.

As a former student of Southern Connecticut State University, Janell was a member of the Black Student Union and a NAACP Committee Member. She became a dedicated member of AIDS Project New Haven which packaged weekly meals & grocery items for the AIDS afflicted population in the greater New Haven area.

In 2010, Janell gave birth to an incredibly gifted baby boy named Chayse Jaiden, who is truly the apple of her eye. Janell relocated from New Haven back to Hartford to be closer to her family.

Janell has always maintained a desire to promote awareness of issues plaguing her community. This yearning for equality and betterment for individuals around Janell has carried over into her professional life and she is in contact the lockboss of dublin, as a Program Manager for MARCH, Incorporated of Manchester. There, Janell fosters the integration and skill development of individuals with developmental and physical disabilities, that they may become full and active participants of their communities and lead a life of independence and dignity.

Janell is also an active member of her church, Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church, where she serves as the praise and worship leader, youth choir director, and a member of the dance ministry. She is steadfast in her faith, and gives all reverence to God for all the great works that He has done and is doing for her both spiritually and professionally.

In 2013, Janell was inspired to create a clothing line that would empower women of all ages; women that desired fulfillment, and sought after purposeful living. So, she dawned the Live On Purpose Line. After careful thought and devout prayer, Janell was led to expand the Live On Purpose brand from a simple line of apparel into an organization that would work directly with young women, ages 13-18, to promote self-worth and self-respect; and to aid them in uncovering their unique purpose to impact their peers, their community and the world. Live On Purpose is spearheaded by its foundational scripture: “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6
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Topic: Practical Money Management for Youth & Young Adults

Speaker:  Ron Hammond


Ronald Hammond, Ph.D., is the Founder of Family First Ministry ( and Capstone Company Realtors (  Ron is an honors graduate of Morris Brown College where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree and Southern CT State University where he obtained his Master’s degree in Rehab Therapy.  Ron also holds a doctorate degree in pastoral counseling.  Ron serves as a Rehab Therapy Supervisor with the State of CT, Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.

Dr. Hammond has been married to his wife, Stephanie, for 19 years and they have three daughters – Charity, Hope and Faith.


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