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
Join the CYCA as we pull privet and clean the Spanish American War Park. Bring your gloves and your shovel. Let’s have fun together and give back to our community. Rain, ice, or snow we will cancel. Park on York Avenue. See you there!
Come discuss The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks!
It’s that time again! We are going to celebrate our first Thirsty Thursday of 2019!
Remember, we buy the food. You bring the fun!
Wear or bring something that says Cooper-Young and get entered into a raffle!
For our February general meeting, we will be partnering with Peabody Elementary for a chili cookoff! Bring your best chili recipe in a slow cooker and the Peabody staff will judge the winner! They will also give tour of the historic school. So if you have ever wanted to visit Peabody School, then this is for you!
The CYCA November general meeting featured visits from both Brian Bacchus, principal planner for Memphis Landmarks, and Cori Hill from Shelby County Code Enforcement, to discuss the intricacies of Cooper-Young’s new landmarks status. They were invited to talk with...read more
The weekend after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping period of the year. Starting with Black Friday and ending with Giving Tuesday, billions of holiday dollars are spent. One of the newer shopping days is Small Business Saturday. Cooper-Young is known for its small...read more
The new year is a great time to start planning for spring, so for our January meeting the Cooper-Young Community Association will be talking arboretum, plants, and trees with CYCA member Judi Shellabarger and CYCA board member and sustainability committee chair Mike...read more
The holidays are the perfect time to give back, and every year the Cooper-Young Community Association takes the opportunity to give back to the Memphis Fire and Police Departments. These brave men and women tirelessly serve our community throughout the year, even on...read more
As another year ends and we celebrate with family and friends, the Cooper-Young Community Association would like to celebrate the people who make everything we do possible. The CYCA would not be what it is without its volunteers, who make Cooper-Young the hip, funky...read more
Parents know that college is more expensive than ever and that every little bit can help when it comes to paying for a child’s higher education. Suzanne Abedi, the Cooper-Young Community Association board’s youth and family committee chair, knows this well and has...read more