icouldbe.org Adopts Trufina for Online Verification Services to Enhance Safety of Online Teens

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icouldbe.org, an award-winning non-profit organization that mentors teenagers to successfully transition from high school to college and/or their chosen career path, is partnering with Trufina, Inc., the leading provider of online identity verification services for id verification and criminal background check services. Trufina empowers the individual to share their verified identity attributes with icouldbe.org, partnering websites and other individuals, across the Internet.

The safety of everyone on our site is of the utmost importance to icouldbe.org

One of the major issues with online mentoring is confirming that all of the teenagers in the community are safe from online predators. By partnering with Trufina, Inc., the leader in providing online identity verification and identity management services, icouldbe.org is ensuring that all prospective mentors have gone through a thorough identity verification process and an in-depth criminal background check, including a national sex offender background check.

"The safety of everyone on our site is of the utmost importance to icouldbe.org" states Kate Schrauth, Executive Director of icouldbe.org. With Trufina verification showing that their identity has been verified and they've passed the background check, prospective mentors are representing to the mentoring community that they are who they say they are. Schrauth continues, "As an added bonus, after being approved by icouldbe.org, mentors can then choose to share the information in their Trufina account with any other service or volunteer programs that require an identification and background check, through their Trufina account. How much of your data you share is up to you, but the fact that you have verified your identity can be demonstrated for all to see and know."

icouldbe.org has devised an award-winning solution for reaching underserved youth by developing a web-based resource through which skilled professionals mentor, and with career planning tools, help point America's underserved teens toward the futures they want. "Trufina takes great pride in helping icouldbe.org provide the safest site possible for their community, states Chris Madsen, Trufina's President/CEO. " Our goal is to restore trust in online interactions. We want to provide individuals and businesses with the tools to make online transactions safe and secure."

About icouldbe.org:
Since 2000, icouldbe.org has brought online mentoring to more than ten thousand students at scores of America's failing schools, in Native American Reservations and even to orphaned students in East Africa. icouldbe.org's safe online environment and curriculum meet the National Mentoring Partnership's Twelve Elements of Effective E-Mentoring, the U.S. Department of Labor's SCANS Competencies & Foundation Skills and the American School Counselor Association's Career Development Standards. E*Trade Bank, Goldman Sachs and Booz Allen Hamilton have partnered with icouldbe.org to serve 1000's of teens. icouldbe.org's other partners include NEC Foundation of America, Reader's Digest Partners for Sight, Ernst & Young, NY Mercantile Exchange, America's Promise, National Mentoring Partnership and others. Reader's Digest, Business Week, Computerworld Magazine and TimeOut New York are just a few of the publications that have featured icouldbe.org. Also, icouldbe.org won the prestigious Computerworld Award for using information technology that produces and promotes positive social change. icouldbe.org can be found at http://www.icouldbe.org.

About Trufina, Inc.:
Trufina is the leading provider of online identity verification (http://www.trufina.com) and identity management services (http://www.trufina.com/products/identity_management_services.php), enabling individuals to verify their identity attributes online, and providing the identity management tools for sharing that verified identity information with individuals and websites across the Internet. Trufina offers a unique method of building trust on the Internet. As the independent "trusted source" for id verification, Trufina protects the privacy of the individual while limiting the opportunity for fraud and identity theft from partnering websites. Based in Annapolis, MD, Trufina can be found at http://www.trufina.com.

Contacts for Press and Analysts:
Kate Schrauth
Executive Director

Trufina, Inc.
Jim Kinchley
Vice President
301-951-8998, x3


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