I have been honored to work with a new nonprofit, N.O.V.A. Principles Foundation. Their mission resonates;
“Nurturing youth to seek out positive
Opportunities, internalize good
Values, and to accept
Accountability for their choices in life.”
I have spent most of my adult years working with youth throughout this great nation. With all the negative influences in our society, a program that helps our youth navigate those influences is vital to preparing them to become responsible adults. This is exactly what the N.O.V.A. Principles program does. It also supports parents and families in this process.
Many years ago, I spent a few years in law enforcement. I witnessed the poor choices some of our youth were making. The consequences of those decisions changed their lives forever. Recently, I spent some time at a small college. During that time I worked with hundreds of students who were paying for those early poor choice consequences. Some were changing their lives. Unfortunately, most were in a destructive downward spiral with no escape.
It is much easier to be on the front side, preventing, than on the other side correcting. The cost of correction is astronomical. According to the Vera Institute of Justice, incarceration costs an average of more than $31,000 per inmate, per year, nationwide. In some states, it’s as much as $60,000. Taxpayers foot the bill for feeding, housing and securing people in state and federal penitentiaries.(2017)
Help me make a difference today. Your gift large or small will change a life. It costs about $25 per year to support one participant, $750 for a classroom. Your gift will change lives. I give a small monthly gift, it is easier than trying to come up with a larger gift once per year. Please join me today.
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.
The NOVA Principles taught:
Garbage In – Garbage Out
Knowledge Is Potential Power
Study the Situation (STS)
Cause and Effect
Boiling A Frog Analogy
Which Wolf Are You Feeding?
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 provide an 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.
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