...This party with ClickZ, to help the homeless youth of San Francisco, is one that is very personal to my heart – We’re going to party and network and help make the world a better place. - Jim Boykin, Founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) July 29, 2014
Internet Marketing Ninjas, along with ClickZ, is proud to announce their joint sponsorship of a charity party on August 13th 2014 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm at Harlot on 46 Minna Street.
This event is a private party open to the first 150 people with a ClickZ Live event pass and includes one free drink. There is a suggested donation of $40 at the door. All money collected at the door will be going to the Homeless Youth Alliance in San Francisco.
Clickz Live San Francisco is a leading digital marketing conference focusing on learning and professional growth development for internet marketers. The conference itself will run from August 11th through the 14th.
The inspiration for the charity party comes from a meaningful desire to give back. “18 years ago I found myself living out of my truck and hanging out in the Haight-Ashbury District of San Francisco,” said Jim Boykin, Founder and CEO of Internet Marketing Ninjas. “The only help I got then was food stamps. I got lucky to later find my way into the SEO community and to build up a Ninja Army over the years.“ Boykin continues; “though we’ve held several charity parties in the past, this party with ClickZ, to help the homeless youth of San Francisco, is one that is very personal to my heart – We’re going to party and network and help make the world a better place.”
"ClickZ loves San Francisco and, when Jim had the idea to partner on an event that would benefit the homeless population living there, we were thrilled by the prospect,” said Laura Roth, Head of Content at ClickZ. “We’re going to party and network and help a great cause to make the world a better place. If you’re going to be at ClickZ Live next month, this is a must attend event,” says Boykin.
Both ClickZ and Internet Marketing Ninjas are just glad for an opportunity to be a small part of that great work. According to the HYA website, the agency makes 13,000 contacts annually with at-risk youth. In addition to individual and group counseling, case management, and mental health and medical services, the group’s counselors distribute educational materials, along with food, health, hygiene and other essential supplies. HYA was founded by and is staffed by young people who were once on the streets. They’ve hired many of their former participants as Outreach Counselors, and have seen countless more go on to college, careers in social services, and stable, empowered lives. “I want to give back what you guys gave to me,” is a refrain HYA staff hear regularly. Approximately 90% of HYA participants use its services exclusively, because it is the only program that they trust and feel comfortable with.
About Internet Marketing Ninjas
Internet Marketing Ninjas is a full service Internet marketing company located in Clifton Park, New York. Started in 1999 as We Build Pages, founder and CEO Jim Boykin has developed a strong team of experts in the fields of link-building, SEO analysis, social media, content development, and digital asset development and promotion. Internet Marketing Ninjas remains focused delivering results in search engine visibility, brand authority, engagement and driving relevant traffic. Boykin also recently acquired the Developer Shed Network of communities, including SEO Chat and Dev Shed, which provide a wide range of information and instruction related to programming, web design, and SEO/SEM practices.
About ClickZ Live
ClickZ Live events are industry defining conferences that address the constantly changing environment of the digital marketing industry. These events serve to meet the diverse educational needs of today's online marketing community. As the needs of the internet business community evolved beyond only search marketing, SES evolved as well. As ClickZ Live the events have expanded their scope to meet the growing need for strategic and tactical thinking from expert marketing practitioners in the fields of social media, display, mobile, digital TV advertising and marketing. With 6 main themes spanning dedicated tracks that reflect the current industry buzz, there is no better way to share your knowledge while improving your own digital marketing skills.
About Homeless Youth Alliance
HYA offers a sanctuary for homeless youth between the ages of 13 and 29 who find themselves fleeing abuse, neglect, and poverty to seek refuge in the Haight Ashbury and Golden Gate Park. HYA reaches out to young people who are often considered the most “hard-core” subset of homeless youth in San Francisco: those who have trouble engaging with more traditional service providers. The program focuses on youth who fall through the cracks, to let them know that they have a home and unconditional love at HYA. HYA’s cultural authenticity is a huge part of its appeal to these youth. Most members of HYA’s outreach team have had personal experiences with homelessness and addiction, and so are able to connect more deeply and honestly with Haight Ashbury’s homeless youth. These connections are more important now than ever before. For twelve years, HYA ran a drop-in center on Haight Street, equipped with a full kitchen, bathrooms and showers. But in January 2014, their lease was terminated by their landlords, who plan to lease the space to a retail outlet and quadruple the monthly rent. Since losing their building, HYA has been operating as an entirely mobile program. They perform street out-reach every day, and still provide medical and mental health services, harm-reduction education, and referrals. Their work is more challenging than ever, but their commitment has not flagged: since losing their lease seven months ago, they’ve placed 8 youth in permanent housing. The program is currently looking for a new permanent space where they can once again offer a stable refuge for the kids of the Haight.