The N.O.V.A. Principles program was created in 2003, as a limited liability company, owned and operated by Dr. Paul Jenkins and myself. As the program grew and developed, we decided that it would be best to convert this company into a 501(c)(3), a non-profit public charity. In September of 2017, the IRS granted us this status. Since our transition to a non-profit public charity, we have been pleased by the increased growth and public support that we have received.

At this time, I personally invite you to help the N.O.V.A. Principles Foundation continue its growth and development, by making a contribution to help our efforts to get the N.O.V.A. program into more and more schools in the State of Utah and Arizona, and then into schools across the Country.

Thank you for your support.

Charlie Wakamatsu

Please consider making a monthly gift

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NOVA Principles Foundation
333 E Main St UNIT 138
Lehi UT 84043

The N.O.V.A. Principles Foundation is dedicated to providing the necessary resources and instruction to help children, youth, families, and communities to protect themselves against the harmful effects and influences of drugs, bullying, and negative media exposure while providing guidance and direction towards positive opportunities and personal success.

5 NOVA Core Principles

  1. Accountability: I own my thoughts, feelings, choices, and actions.
  2. Positivity: When I choose Positivity, I experience success and happiness.
  3. Knowledge: Knowledge creates opportunities.
  4. Work: My path to excellence requires work.
  5. Respect: I respect myself, others, and everything around me.

10 NOVA Applications

  1. The NOVA Lone Wolf Application: I courageously stand against those who want me to do wrong.
  2. The STS Application: Study the Situation.
  3. The Cause and Effect Application: When I do or don’t do something, something happens.
  4. The Paradigm Application: How I see things.
  5. The True Colors Application: What’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong.
  6. The Lifetime Decisions Application: Good decisions I make now and forever.
  7. The Which Wolf Am I Feeding Application: Which wolf is stronger? The one I feed.
  8. The Fire Application: Some say fire is good, others say it is bad, in reality fire is powerful.
  9. The Harvest Application: What I put in is what I get out.
  10. The Initiative Application: I see what needs to be done and do it.

First developed in 2003, NOVA Principles has impacted tens of thousands of students and their families. In 2016, NOVA Principles LC was changed to N.O.V.A. Principles Foundation. As part of this change, an application was made with the Internal Revenue Service for nonprofit status as a 501c3 organization. September 2017, the IRS granted the nonprofit status.

In most locations, NOVA Principles is offered in your school in partnership with local law enforcement. Where necessary, other officers (current or retired) provide the NOVA Principles program where local departments do not. We feel it is important for you to know this information.

How the NOVA Principles program is paid for:
Departments pay for their officer salaries and NOVA supplies.
PTA’s and other funders pay for schools not supported by local departments.
Individuals, Businesses, and Foundations support us.
NOVA materials are sold to departments and individuals.
Why does the N.O.V.A. Principles Foundation need funds?

Program Delivery: Ensure that students receive this program in their school with assistance from law enforcement.
Instructor Training: Each instructor trainee undergoes an extensive 25+ hour training. Certified instructor(s) along with Child and Family Phycologist Dr. Paul Jenkins provides extensive hands-on to trainees. Once certified, instructors receive continuing education to maintain or renew their 3-year certification. Most of the training fees are underwritten for instructor trainees by the foundation.

Instructor Supplies: Each lesson taught has specific tools and supplies. Instructors are provided some of those tools and supplies from the foundation.

Curriculum Development: Existing curriculum is continuously reviewed, updated as necessary. Development is underway to provide previous participants with ongoing lessons. New materials are currently under development.