Who is NOVA?

In 2003, Orem City Police Department was looking for a Project D.A.R.E. alternative. Sgt. Charles Wakamatsu was assigned. After an exhaustive search, it became apparent that a new program would need to be developed to meet the goals for this department.

Sgt. Wakamatsu, assisted by other officers, began developing the curriculum for their community. As the curriculum was being developed, he approached his friend Dr. Paul Jenkins. Dr. Paul Jenkins, a licensed Child and Family Psychologist, joined forces with Sgt. Wakamatsu to develop a curriculum that would address challenges facing today’s youth. This new principles-based curriculum (Choice & Accountability; Cause & Effect; Honesty & Integrity; Positive Attitude; Respect to self, others, and things) would give parents assistance in raising youth in today’s world.

In September of 2017, the N.O.V.A. Principles Foundation, a 501(c)(3) Nonprofit Public Charity, became recognized by the Internal Revenue System. 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.”