The creation of the Global Young Academy (GYA), reported in the Science editorial entitled "Empowering Young Scientists" (April 2, 2010), is a masterful device for promoting the participation of young scientists in world affairs. This new academy will face complex challenges, and facilitating the establishment of national young academies needs to be carefully planned. Traditional academies, often considered ineffective by young scientists, may, in turn, perceive the young academies as unnecessary, rather than as worthy partners. To bridge the generation gap, traditional academies might want to amend their by-laws to incorporate outstanding younger scientists and open the door for collaborations across generations. However, the significance and chroma of "young academies" is their focus on issues with direct relevance to young scientists.