Welcome to N.O.V.A. Principles!

Check out the N.O.V.A. "Blog" site at the top of this page

N.O.V.A. Instructor Training for Law Enforcement Officers

25th N.O.V.A. Instructor Training Class

November 30, 2015 - December 4, 2015

To be held in Orem, Utah

To Register or for more information contact:

Charlie Wakamatsu:  801-400-7145   -   Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

N.O.V.A. Geocache

Geocaching is an exciting adventure that many people throughout the world are participating in.  N.O.V.A. Geocache was created as a way for N.O.V.A. students and their families (or anyone who happens to view this web site) to spend some enjoyable time together looking for hidden treasure.  To find out more about N.O.V.A. Geocaching, click on the "Blog" link at the top of this page and then click on the "Geocache" link.  We hope you have a great time!

Mission Statement

The mission of N.O.V.A. Principles is: "Nurturing youth to seek out positive Opportunities, internalize good Values, and to accept Accountability for their choices in life.  N.O.V.A. assists parents, families, and communities in protecting youth from the potentially devastating effects of illegal drugs, violence, and negative media exposure."


The N.O.V.A. program was created in March of 2003, by Police Sergent Charlie Wakamatsu; Dr. Paul Jenkins, a Child and Family Psychologist;  and officers from the Orem Police Department in Utah.  In April of 2004, N.O.V.A. Principles LC, was created to allow the N.O.V.A. Principles program to be implemented beyond the confines of the City of Orem.

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  • Teasing and Bullying
    Sgt. Charlie Wakamatsu joined Dr. Paul for a discussion with live callers on this tricky subject. You can listen to the entire call here. Please share this link with others who are serious about making a difference with this pervasive problem.
  • Kids, Risky Business
    In this episode of Live On Purpose Radio, Dr. Paul and Sgt. Charlie Wakamatsu, discuss principles around keeping kids safe. There are many more great pod casts that you can listen to just like this one.  Just click on the, “Live on Purpose Radio” link in the BLOGROLL section.   Enjoy!
  • Welcome to the N.O.V.A. Principles Blog Site!
    The N.O.V.A. Principles program was created in March of 2003.  This program is taught by uniformed law enforcement officers in Elementary, Jr. High School, and High Schools.  The Elementary School program is a 13 to 15 week program, the Jr. High School program is a 4 week/4 lesson program, and the High School program is a 2 […]