Creating and sustaining an authentic youth-adult partnership is no easy task. Few members of either generation have experienced this paradigm shift. This change can feel risky and foreign, sparking fears, hidden assumptions, and confusion. Similar to any other culture shift, youth-adult partnership requires frequent tending through reflection, dialogue, and ongoing goal setting. These are the means to fend off the human tendency to return to the status quo. Partnerships are also the way to create highly engaging and vital learning communities for students and teachers alike.