FLARES is the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) at Young Academy. Like everything you’ll experience at this exceptional school, we are an unconventional PTO, which is reflected in our fiery name — FLARES.

F — Finest
L — Learning
A — Association
R — Representing
E — Educated
S — Scholars

We welcome every Young Academy family, including extended family members, to participate in FLARES. Membership is open to all and participation is encouraged to enjoy a full and rich Young Academy experience. The group meets monthly to discuss upcoming events, finances, and school needs where FLARES could be of assistance.


The cost of an annual FLARES membership is $50 per family each year. Dues can be paid online using the button below or by dropping off payment in the main office. Your FLARES dues provide helpful resources for the school, teachers, and special events.

As an added benefit, the Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) now gives Parent Affiliate Memberships to our FLARES members. This free membership offers a great opportunity to learn more about how TAGT helps our scholars and how partnering with the organization benefits our school. You can also purchase a TAGT parent membership independently.


Monthy Meetings

Want to stay in the loop? FLARES holds monthly meetings the first Friday of the month at Young Academy. We also hold a few evenings meetings throughout the year to accommodate parent schedules. FLARES meetings are a great way to maximize your PTO membership and learn the latest about Young Academy events, activities, and opportunities. The campus calendar includes meeting dates, so be sure to check it regularly.

FLARES Activities

Some of the ways FLARES supports the scholars and the school include:

  • Annual Gala
  • Barnes and Noble Fundraiser
  • Book Swap
  • Campus Beautification
  • Cupid’s Auction
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • FallFest Pumpkin Chunkin’ and Chili Cook Off
  • Gingerbread Houses
  • Scholastic Book Orders
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Teacher Grants
  • Shop and Give Programs
  • Spirit Shop
  • Spirit Wear
  • STEM Fair Assistance
  • Uniform Swap
Volunteer Participation

FLARES relies solely on volunteer participation to succeed. We need your help to make each activity work, ensuring the biggest impact for our scholars. Please consider signing up to help.

See a full list of our volunteer opportunities:

Volunteer Sign Up

Track It Forward Registration

Young Academy uses TrackItForward.com to conveniently log and record your volunteer hours. Please create an account at TrackItForward.com and help us track our volunteer hours.
Create Account

Log Your Volunteer Hours

Please record all of your volunteer hours, including DI coaching, committee and FLARES meeting attendance, car pool assistance, program coordination, field trip chaperoning, etc.

Log Hours 

Community Rewards Programs

Young Academy participates in several rewards programs that earn money for the school. Simply by shopping at your favorite stores or turning in your used ink cartridges, you can play a vital role in earning extra dollars for our scholars. These dollars add up, so please take a few moments to learn about each rewards programs and sign up today!

Amazon Smile: EA Young Academy participates in the Amazon Smile Program. On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. They will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make at smile.amazon.com will result in a donation.  Our school is listed as EA Young Academy.

Tom Thumb: EA Young Academy participates in Tom Thumb’s Good Neighbor Program.

Kroger: EA Young Academy participates in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Visit krogercommunityrewards.com and apply the school’s ID number, 47813, to your Kroger Plus Card.

Recycled Ink Cartridges: We can receive $3-$4 per used ink cartridge with eCycle Group. Please check the website to see if your cartridges are accepted for recycle. If so, you can drop the empty cartridges in the bin in Mrs. Raymond’s room.

Box Tops and Labels for Education: Be sure to send in your Box Tops and Labels for Education. These can be turned in at the office.

Schoola: Your gently used children’s clothing can be sent to Schoola in a special bag and sold for EA Young’s benefit. Bags can be requested at Schoola.

Great Lakes Scrip: Earn extra cash for the school by purchasing gift cards through Great Lakes Scrip at www.shopwithscrip.com.  Gift cards are available from over 700 retailers, including many favorites like Starbucks, Barnes & Noble, Target, and Amazon, just to name a few.  In addition, most retailers offer electronic gift cards that can be purchased and redeemed right from your phone.  Email our Scrip Coordinator at flaresscrip@gmail.com today for the enrollment code needed when signing up.


For questions or inquiries, please feel free to email one of the FLARES representatives below: