CYCA members represent our most dedicated neighbors, volunteers, and learders. Join us today and become a part of everything we do!
From our annual Festival Friday 4 Miler and Cooper-Young Beerfest to our fantastic holiday events, we love hanging out in the neighborhood.
Cooper-Young Community Association
The Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) was created in March of 1977 and is a fully registered and recognized nonprofit 501(c)3. With an initial goal of mobilizing residents to stem the tide of decay that so many urban areas experienced, this organization has always functioned as a grassroots, volunteer effort. The CYCA has assisted with a number of projects including an early neighborhood watch, the installation and maintenance of the nationally-recognized Cooper Street Trestle Bridge, and the redevelopment of the communities’ eponymous corner at Cooper Street and Young Avenue. It also began publishing its monthly community newspaper, The Lamplighter, in the early 1990s; this publication continues today and is hand-delivered to each residence within the neighborhood. This organization currently maintains community office space within a redeveloping commercial area in the southeast quadrant of the neighborhood. It is financially supported through events including its annual Cooper-Young Festival Friday 4-Miler and Beerfest as well as membership dues and donations. While it continues to be a predominantly volunteer organization, it does employ a full-time executive director as well as a small part-time staff for The Lamplighter.
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Projects and Programs
Women’s History Month is here and the book club will be reading The Unwomanly Face of War: An Oral History of Women in World War II. Come read about some badass women who were at the front lines of World War II proving that war isn’t so “unwomanly” after all. Riveting discussion and fizzy drinks provided.
It’s our favorite day of the week! This month, our Thirsty Thursday is held at BAR DKDC in honor of Women’s Month and our own historic CY woman, Karen Blockman Carrier who owns DKDC and The Beauty Shop Restaurant. Join us and meet the CYCA Board and your neighbors!
Houseplant Lovers – please join us for a houseplant swap at the Cooper-Young Community Association. Bring cuttings from your houseplants along with any helpful growing tips, we’ll provide the potting soil. We’ll have a number of repurposed containers but welcome everyone to bring along some if you have them.
Beginning at 6:30 p.m., cyclists will meet at the Cooper-Young gazebo and take off riding by 6:45 p.m. with volunteer cyclists leading the way through different routes every week. To add to the excitement, each ride will have a different theme with the first being Glow Sticks! (Kids more than welcome but please no training wheels).
Come vote for the next CYCA vice president and secretary!
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• Spring Fling Gardening Event and Plant Sale. Large plant sale by Master Gardeners. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 29 and Saturday, March 30. Red Barn at Agricenter International, 7777 Walnut Grove Rd. Free admission. For more information, call Memphis Area Master...read more