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 — FinestYoungfest
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 we could be of assistance.



Click on the link below to join FLARES and pay your membership dues ($50 per family per year). These funds pay for items for the school, teachers, and for special events.

As an added benefit, Texas Association for the Gifted and Talented (TAGT) is now giving Parent Affiliate Memberships to anyone who joins FLARES!  This is a great opportunity to learn more about how TAGT helps our scholars and how we can work together with them.  You can still get a full TAGT parent membership or learn more about TAGT on their website.



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

FallFest PumpIMG_9256kin Chunkin’ and Chili cook off
Earth Day celebration
Teacher Appreciation Week
Shop and Give programs
Campus Beautification
Spirit Shop
Spirit Wear 
Book Swap
Gingerbread Houses 
Annual Gala
Scholastic Book Orders
Barnes and Noble Fundraiser
Teacher Grants
STEM Fair Assistance


Volunteers Needed!

We neeIMG_9560d volunteers to make these events work!  Please consider signing up to help.

Click here to see volunteer openings:



FLARES Meetings


FLARES holds monthly meetings on the first Friday of the month conference room at the school. We will also hold meetings on a couple of evenings throughout the year. At these meetings we discuss upcoming events, how FLARES will support them and what our budget for the event will be.  The campus calendar will include dates for all FLARES meetings so be sure to check it regularly.

Past meeting minutes will be posted here.

Meeting Minutes


Track It Forward Registration

All volunteer activiIMG_0112ty should be recorded on Track it Forward, including: DI Coaches, Committee Meetings, Car Pool Assistance, Book Order Coordination, Field Trip Chaperone, FLARES Meeting Attendance, etc.

If you have not yet registered at TrackItForward.com, create your account using this button.   Register



 Log Your Volunteer Hours

You can log your hours at TrackItForward.com or come right back here – either way it’s all good!

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: