N.O.V.A. takes a strong stand that right is right, and wrong is wrong.
Today's Youth Need N.O.V.A. Principles
The youth of today are being challenged and bombarded at every turn with problems and issues, the likes of which their parents did not have to deal with when they were their age. There are many people in this world creating, marketing, and selling dangerous and harmful products, many of which fall into the hands of our children. Shaming, cyber-bullying, and youth suicide rates are at an all-time high, and youth need positive role models, as well as personal education and tools to deal with these challenges.
N.O.V.A. was designed to provide a resource to children, families, and communities to fight against harmful influences, while providing guidance toward positive opportunities and values.
Why N.O.V.A. Principles?
The N.O.V.A. Principles program teaches powerful & comprehensive principles-based decision making that goes far beyond other prevention and education programs. The curriculum includes lessons that help youth and parents deal with Drugs, Gangs, Accountability, Making Good Choices, Anger Management, Internet Safety, Self Esteem, Bullying, and Media issues.
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The mission of N.O.V.A. 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.