That's not how it works anymore. You used to have to be invited to be a partner. Now anyone can be a partner and monetize their videos.
As someone who puts a lot of effort into making videos, thanks a whole bunch for adblocking away the tiny bit of money we get for our labor. I don't bother with doing any techie type twist to a video to appeal to that demo because you all block and the ads so it's worthless to do anything for you. Getting shared on Reddit gives you lots of views and zero money.
Take an astronaut to launch.