Group of Palestinian youth are working on an innovative approach to address unequal access to education opportunities in underprivileged areas of the West Bank and Gaza with an initiative entitled “Palestinian Initiative for Supporting Students, ISNAD”. This initiative aims at funding academically talented but underprivileged students to attend university. These university students then “pay it forward” by going back to their communities and tutoring groups of primary and secondary school students, serving as mentors and positive role models for younger generations of students and as valuable academic resources to rural communities. The initiative is helping to close the gap in access to education, raise academic standards, provide education to women, and break the cycle of poverty