StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, today announced it has selected Toronto-based charity UNITY as the first Canadian recipient of its Rising Star award. StubHub Rising Stars is an international philanthropic program spotlighting outstanding grassroots charities improving access and opportunity for at-risk youth through sports and the arts.
Founded by world-renowned Canadian break-dancer Michael Prosserman, UNITY is a charitable organization teaching young people to use artistic self expression to make positive life choices. Currently engaging some 30,000 youth each year, its aim is to foster more productive citizens, safer schools and ultimately, healthier communities.
StubHub’s Rising Stars award comes with $50,000 in grant funding over two years from the StubHub Foundation (a corporate advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation), which UNITY will apply to its after school and arts-based leadership programming at underserved high schools in the Greater Toronto area.
“From Michael Bublé to Drake, a variety of Canadian artistic talents today are providing tremendous inspiration to our youth,” said StubHub’s Anthony Lipschitz, Canada Country Manager. “Yet sadly, too many young people are denied access to the arts due to a lack of resources. StubHub is proud to support UNITY in helping to fill that void.”“Living in an ever-changing society, many youth struggle to find a place to positively express their voice. UNITY helps provide an outlet for young people to speak up and tell their stories in a powerful way, through the arts,” said UNITY Founder and Executive Director Michael Prosserman. “StubHub’s support will help us extend our reach across Canada and positively impact more youth who might otherwise never have had a safe place to express themselves.” StubHub’s Rising Stars program was founded in January 2013 to support outstanding charities in major markets where StubHub operates throughout North America and in Europe. The program is designed to have a transformative impact on both the awardees and the youth they serve by filling critical funding gaps that can drive program expansion on a local level. Together with its other corporate social responsibility programs, StubHub and the StubHub Foundation have donated more than US$1.5 million in the past two years to a variety of charities.