Despite Israel’s international reputation as Startup Nation, success is not a birthright for all its citizens, and socio-economic gaps are vast and growing.
Unistream was founded by businessman and entrepreneur Rony Zarom in 2001 to help Israeli teens from underprivileged areas realize their potential, by teaching them entrepreneurial skills, so they can change the courses of their lives, and Israeli society, for the better.
Unistream’s mission is to improve Israeli society by training underprivileged Israeli teens and young adults in entrepreneurship and leadership, in both the business and social arenas.
While still in high school, Unistream teens found startup companies and develop business ventures with the steady mentorship of more than 3,000 leading businesspeople and entrepreneurs. Teens graduate with business, financial, and technological experience, as well as leadership skills, high standards of excellence, a drive to give back to their communities, and a sense of self-empowerment. These skills empower the teens to recalibrate their lives and to give back to their communities, as thriving members of society.
Unistream teens receive support and mentorship while in the program, and continued support as graduates. Alumni benefits include preparation for university, career placement in the high-tech and finance industries, workforce-integration mentoring, vocational and technological training, access to our network of business professionals, and more.
Unistream runs 13 entrepreneurship centers and is active in 50 communities across Israel, with an emphasis on national priority areas. Our centers serve more than 2,000 teens and 2,000 young adults from a cross-section of Israeli society, including religious, secular and Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) Jews, Muslim Arabs, Christian Arabs, Druze, Bedouin, children of foreign workers, and members of the Black Hebrew community.
I’m proud and excited to present the future leaders of Israel – today, you can meet them in Unistream, in the future, you’ll find them in top positions of influence in Israel.
I founded Unistream because I believe that the best way to help underprivileged youth is to raise a new generation of business and social leaders – leaders who will rise up and be committed to improving the social and economic conditions in their own communities. Having grown up in an underprivileged community myself, and having since become a successful businessman, I am personally familiar with with the obstacles these teens face – from the challenge of paying for an education, to the climate of hopelessness and frustration that they grow up in. I was fortunate. Now, it’s their turn.
When I look at the young men and women of Unistream, I think of how far they've come, and of their personal commitment to stand up and make a change. I am overcome with pride, and, in my mind’s eye, I can already see how these changes will impact their futures, and the lives of so many around them.
Unistream’s backbone is its volunteers. With the support of businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and experts with a social conscience, we can bring Unistream to even more teens, to give them a brighter future, which will shine its light back on us, and on the entire State of Israel.
I ask you to join us on our mission, and to pledge your support for Unistream’s commitment to youth leadership in Israel.