The financial prosperity Israel enjoyed during the mid and late 1990s did not impact all sectors of Israeli society. In fact, it served to accentuate the growing gaps between the different sectors, and has made the anyhow poor communities in development towns and poverty neighborhoods, develop even more despair and anger as they witnessed the more wealthy communities in Israel enjoy a sharp rise in their living standards.
During those very same years and since then, Israel ’s formal education system has been experiencing deeper and deeper budgetary cuts and is less and less capable of offering students in development towns and poverty neighborhoods the means to narrow their social and economic gaps. An entire generation of teenagers in these communities is growing to believe that their localities have no chance for success and excellence, and that this will remain forever the domain of their peers - from central Israel and wealthier communities.
Unistream aspires to create a social, democratic and business oriented leadership that will emerge from disadvantaged communities, promoting social change and creating a circle of success, mutual respect, tolerance and help for others.
Unistream's project - “Educating Tomorrow’s Leaders” offers the facilities and professional guidance for outstanding youth in underprivileged communities, enabling them to become successful leaders in Israel ’s modern, technologically advanced society and economy, while emphasizing commitment to leading social change within their communities.
Specifically, Unistream aims to:
Unistream is a unique long-term, graduated program for youth with fewer opportunities that merges many diverse, yet complimentary, areas: acquisition of business and leadership skills, commitment to social action and an environment in which leadership and creativity are cultivated,
Unistream's project has 3 main pillars: Leadership, Business - Youth MBA and community involvement.
Unistream is designed for teenage participants from the 10th through 12th grade, children of disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds. Unistream groups (22-25 students in each group) include young men and women, Israeli Arabs and Jews, immigrants and native Israelis.
The activity takes place in modern technologic training centers that provides a stimulating environment and also serves as a second home for the youth. The centers' activities are based upon varied workshops that enrich, widen horizons and offer a range of challenges and competitions. Workshops and encounters are held twice a week, facilitated by group coordinator and various professionals. On the other days, the center is open for the participants to pursue work independently. The youth receive personal tutoring in their schooling by students from local academic institutions. The program also include many outdoors activities such as challenging activities for forging "team spirit", visiting business companies, preparing for the military service and academic studies and more.
Currently, this innovative educational program is taking place in 3 of Israel 's underprivileged regions: Kfar-Yona, Ma'alot-Tarshiha and the Gilboa. We are determined to offer this model of success to more and more youth groups in communities in need in Israel .
Unistream - a profile
Unistream is a non-profit social organization founded in 2001 by Rony Zarom , an experienced entrepreneur in the field of technology, who has made an outstanding social commitment to increase the prosperity of some underprivileged sectors in Israeli society and help them to realize their potential and break out of the vicious cycle of poverty.
Unistream Friends forum
Unistream established the “Unistream Friends" forum, whose members consist of high level managers in Israeli industries - from the finance field, consulting, retail and others. The members of the forum not only invest much of their time in supervising and planning Unistream activities, but directly involve themselves as lecturers and mentors for the program's implementation. They are partners that believe in the goals of the organization, work to achieve them and dedicate their time and energy towards the youths in various ways: by giving group lectures, taking them on visits to businesses, providing business mentorship and supporting them in their studies.
Friends of Unistream
In 2008, the Friends of Unistream was formally established, although for many years its Board members and participants had been involved and active partners with Unistream, Israel. Suitably impressed with the development of Unistream centers throughout Israel they wanted to establish an organization that could apply the success and methods of Unistream, Israel on a global level -- beginning with the United States -- while they continued their support and involvement with Unistream, Israel.
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