Brenda” – “N.O.V.A. has helped me by teaching me to value myself and to avoid what is wrong, to make good choices and to think before making choices, and to do what’s right and to not do what’s wrong. And to control my anger and stay on Stage 3, that means to forgive someone who makes wrong choices, do the right things for right reasons, is responsible and disciplined. To be honest, trustworthiness, do the best, being positive, and to accept responsibilities for my actions.”
Amber” – “One of my favorite lessons is “True Colors”. What I learned in that lesson was to be a NOVA Lone Wolf… choose good friends, stand up for things I know are right. Most important, what’s wrong doesn’t become right just because everyone is doing it, and what’s right doesn’t become wrong just because no one is doing it.”
Jonas” – “When I go on a road trip with my family I have to make a road map to get to my desired destination. My life is like a road trip. I have to make a road map to get to my destination in life. The N.O.V.A. program has help lead me to the path of excellence. It’s helped me to STS (study the situation) when I make a choice or decision. I want to be a hero in my life, to be a person others look up to like my brother, sister, and friends. Another person I want to be is a lone wolf. A lone wolf is a person who has the courage to say no to his friends when they ask you to participate in something that isn’t right.”
Cassidy” – “I have learned many things from N.O.V.A. like how to deal with gangs, how harmful drugs really are, and how to take advantage of opportunities. N.O.V.A. helps children know how to handle peer pressure, how to get out of bad situations, and some of the secrets of life. The fun games really helped me learn about what life is like. I admit that I was a little snotty and stuck up when I started N.O.V.A. but now that I’m pretty much at the end of it, I realized how much it has helped me, and how it has helped influenced some of my decisions so far in life… I can use that knowledge that I have obtained as power for the future.”
Sharon” – “After being in N.O.V.A. I have seen that there are a lot of things I need to work on. I thank N.O.V.A. because they opened my eyes so I can actually to on my own path to excellence. When the class was talking about the Windows of Opportunities, I learned that opportunities are always around us… Now I am going to take advantage of every good opportunity that comes my way so I can become more successful in life.”
Miguel” – “It is all about the choices you make in your life no one is controlling you. You can steer your car of life. It all just comes back to your choice not anybody elses. This NOVA Program can change your life, it has for me.”
Brooklyn” – “I will follow the path to excellence, because I know how to control my life in good positive ways from N.O.V.A.! You do not need to worry a bit about me in my future! I know all I need to know for a successful future from N.O.V.A.! I will keep my standards high to become a great leader!”
Ryan” – “N.O.V.A. is a powerful tool that will help me be successful in my life… Everyone should know the things we were taught. N.O.V.A. is an amazing program… N.O.V.A. has helped to get me started on my path to excellence, and by continuing to work hard, I’m sure I will get there someday.”
Marissa” – “One of the things I promise to do is to keep the N.O.V.A. principles and to keep my standards high. N.O.V.A. has really changed the way I look at life.”
John” – “The nova program alone is a opportunity of a life time. Because it teaches you what you need to know all throughout your life. And they put it in a fun, and understandable way. And parents love the program too because it teaches kids what parents want them to learn.”
Quinton” – “The N.O.V.A. program is really awesome and I’ve learned a lot of new things that can really help me throughout my life… To keep myself on the path of excellence I will always apply the N.O.V.A. Principles to my everyday life.”
Abby” – “I really want to express my gratitude to my NOVA officer for teaching me all of these valuable lessons that I will use for the rest of my life. Some of my favorite lessons were: about the gangs, maturity levels, drugs are harmful, media, and more. I will for sure use these lessons later in life because I have been taught them and I know better than to accept bad things into my body and doing harmful things. I truly can follow my path to excellence and I can pursue my dreams. Opportunities are truly something that I can’t pass up in life.”
Jackie” – “N.O.V.A. has helped me understand things that I have not noticed before. Like S.T.S. (Study the Situation). I’ve never been more careful of what I do. After the lesson with True Colors, I thought before I acted.”
Samantha” – “The N.O.V.A. Program helped me in so many ways! Before I wasn’t taking advantage of all the opportunities that the world had in store for me. I will now, and forever more, do all that I can do.
Hannah” – “The NOVA Program has helped me in my life by helping me deal with teasing because my brother used to drive me crazy!!! He got control of my brain key, that’s how he did it. This I learned that if you say “Thank you” then “So!” They don’t know what else to say. Then I finally got my brain key back from my brother! Now I am really happy!!!
Harris” – “One of the things that stood out to me was including everyone. I play football at recess and since the lesson on letting everyone play, everyone has been playing… Some opportunities to be successful for me and for others is to make good goals like in school-work get all A’s and pay attention. And think about the future, I myself want to be a professional baseball play. If I practice hard and stay healthy some day I could be one. My point is N.O.V.A. has helped me map the way of my future and how to keep it good.”
Jessica” – “I think there is a hero in everyone, we just need to find it.”
Shelbey” – “N.O.V.A. helped me with a lot of things, like the anger management. I am so glad that we did that because I usually hit my pillows when I’m mad, but whenever that happens, I notice how it wasn’t calming me down. So I turn on my music. I usually listen to Josh Groban or Yanni, and I notice how I seem to calm down a lot.”
Carter” – “The N.O.V.A> program helped me because I have not been myself. I have tried to be a different person than I really am. I have had a lot of things to go through in my life and it has been nothing but Chaos. My Mother and Father, a couple of years ago went through the drug phase… I have learned valuable lessons from N.O.V.A…. All of the things I have learned in N.O.V.A. I want to take advantage of. Before I came into this N.O.V.A. class program, I wasn’t thinking about my future. I was thinking I’m not going to college, I’m a failure, and no one wouldn’t except me. That was me not being me. I have learned this class is a great arm’s open wide opportunity for me to take advantage of.”
Tristen” – “The fact that I am in N.O.V.A. means so much to me, because there are so many kids in schools around the world that have similar programs, and I say that N.O.V.A. is the best program. And I say that because I have personally been in other programs similar to N.O.V.A. and it has taught me a whole lot more. Thank you N.O.V.A. for helping me and my life to make it a better one so I can live better than I would have before I had N.O.V.A..”
Bridger” – “Have you ever wondered how to get to your path of excellence? How to be the best you can be? Well, I know of one way, which is taking the N.O.V.A. program. The N.O.V.A. program helped me to realize the opportunities I want to take advantage in life. They also helped me learn what things to avoid. Stick with N.O.V.A. and you’ll never get lost in life.”
Matthew” – “When I come home from school on Tuesdays, I always liked to share with my family what we did in NOVA that day and the lesson we learned. We had a lot of good family discussions and my parents talked to me about how they felt about the lessons. It made it easy for my parents to talk to me about things they hadn’t talked to me about.”
Shad” – “Happened to meet his N.O.V.A. Instructor 4 months after being taught N.O.V.A.. The first thing Shad did when he saw his Instructor was to go up and tell him enthusiastically, “I stopped listening to Heavy Metal!”. Shad’s Instructor was quite impressed by this declaration, and congratulated Shad on his accomplishment. Several minutes later, it hit Shad’s Instructor that this “Paradigm Shift” Shad had meant a lot to Shad and was something Shad decided to “Change” in his life to help him get to his path of excellence.
Mrs. Miller” – “Expresses her appreciation to her grandson’s N.O.V.A. Officer. Mrs. Miller said that her grandson has been having a very difficult time in school and doesn’t like to attend because of being bullied, harassed and not being included at recess. She stated that on March 11, 2009, her grandsons N.O.V.A. Officer gave a lesson about being nice to everyone and including everyone when playing. Mrs Miller picked up her grandson from school that day and said that he was so happy! She said that because of the N.O.V.A. lesson, other children in his class had been nice to him and included him at recess time. Mrs. Miller was near tears when expressing her gratitude to this N.O.V.A. officer and couldn’t believe the change in her grandsons attitude. Mrs. Miller wanted the N.O.V.A. officer to realize that this lesson made a difference in the life of her grandson.
Teirza” – “Thanked her N.O.V.A. officer by saying, “I cannot fully express my gratitude your lessons told me how to do many things. I can now be successful in what I do. I especially appreciate your lesson on self-esteem.”
Claire” – “I value my education because it gives me knowledge, which gives me potential power and if I use it correctly I believe I can make the world a better place if I choose to use my knowledge constructively. This N.O.V.A. program has helped to lead me to my path of excellence in extraordinary ways. It has taught me so much about who I have been in the past and who I want to be. Without this program I would not have learned many valuable things that I have wanted to know… My thoughts have changed to more positive ways of thinking and made me more aware of how I influence others. I plan on following my N.O.V.A. road map, and because it is not just a good plan for staying off drugs, it is an excellent plan for a happy life in general.”