SOURCE: i-SAFE Inc.

January 24, 2007 11:15 ET

Miss America Organization Honors Adrianna Sgarlata for Her Dedication to the i-SAFE Internet Safety Program

Miss Virginia Named "Quality of Life" Award Finalist

CARLSBAD, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 24, 2007 -- i-SAFE national spokesperson Adrianna Sgarlata, the reigning Miss Virginia, is named one of the seven finalists to receive Miss America Organization's prestigious "Quality of Life" Award. The scholarship award goes to the contestants who excel in their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for others through volunteerism and community service.

Beyond the Miss America Pageant -- either as the reigning Miss Virginia, or as Miss America 2007, i-SAFE plans to expand Adrianna's visibility and role of "Voice for America's Youth." "Right now is a unique opportunity for corporate America to continue its support of the i-SAFE Education and Outreach Initiative," says i-SAFE CEO and Program Director Teri Schroeder. "Sponsoring this important initiative will allow Internet safety education to be implemented in more schools across the nation."

Since winning the Miss Virginia crown and teaming with i-SAFE, Adrianna has become the "Voice for America's Youth." She volunteers virtually non-stop in her home state to promote Internet and child safety, connecting with thousands of students. And it's working.

"More and more students are getting involved in i-SAFE through the i-MENTOR program," says Schroeder. i-MENTORs choose to commit themselves to Internet safety, and they are trained to raise awareness through education and outreach activities to others in the community. "Just this school year, we've seen a 70 percent increase in certified i-MENTORs in Virginia. That includes 25 students at one school alone who went through i-SAFE training and became certified i-MENTORs as a direct result of Adrianna's visit."

As the "Voice for America's Youth," Adrianna is being heard and her influence is being felt beyond her home state. Her poise and self confidence enable her to feel as comfortable with members of congress as she is with students. Adrianna's regular visits to Capitol Hill and her commitment to keeping students safe on the Internet led to her invitation to attend congressional sub-committee hearings held to discuss H.R. 5319 (Deleting Online Predators Act of 2006); she also joined a panel of Internet safety experts at the Capitol to discuss H.R. 4982 (Safeguarding America's Families by Enhancing and Reorganizing New and Efficient Technologies Act).

The Miss America Pageant is held January 29. Inquiries about sponsoring this initiative can go directly to Teri Schroeder at tschroeder@isafe.org.

About i-SAFE Inc.

Founded in 1998 and active in all 50 states, i-SAFE Inc. is the leader in Internet safety education. i-SAFE is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate and empower students, parents, seniors, and community members to safely and responsibly take control of their Internet experiences. i-SAFE provides knowledge that will enable them to recognize and avoid dangerous, destructive, or unlawful online behavior, and to respond appropriately. This is accomplished through dynamic K through 12 curriculum and community-outreach programs to students, parents, law enforcement, and community leaders. i-SAFE is the only Internet safety foundation to combine these elements. www.isafe.org

i-SAFE Inc. is recognized by the U.S. Internal Revenue Service as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. i-SAFE Inc. is funded by the U.S. Congress through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice.

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