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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
Halloween is always a great time in Cooper-Young! Please join us for our first annual CYCA Movie Halloween Party featuring “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. We’ll have snacks and party favors to go along with the movie plus we’re especially excited to welcome all ages to this family-friendly event. Don’t forget your costume and come on out for a great evening of neighborly Halloween fun!
The Memphis Area Association of Realtors is hosting their annual winter coat drive to benefit boys and girls ages 6-18. InCity Realty at 2298 Young is our local Cooper-Young drop off location. If you want to participate please deposit you new or gently-used coats at...read more
It’s time for another Thirsty Thursday! The Cooper-Young Community Association’s monthly social mixer will be held at neighborhood favorite Tsunami, 928 S Cooper St. Thirsty Thursdays are held at various bars and restaurants around Cooper-Young on the fourth Thursday...read more
The 27th annual Festival Friday 4-Miler, the Cooper-Young Community Association’s biggest fundraiser, was held Sept 14. Nearly 1,700 runners gathered to take over the streets of Cooper-Young. They were cheered on by hundreds of spectators, some of whom who hosted...read more
Dear Readers Book Club, the Cooper-Young neighborhood book club, will have their monthly gathering Monday, October 29 at 7 p.m. This month’s book is I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. The...read more
Got a closet full of old clothes? Ready to clean out your closet to make room for the holiday sales? Then you don’t want to miss the Midtown Clothing Swap hosted by the Cooper-Young Community Association 6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 18. In the same spirit of...read more
Congratulations to the Cooper-Young Business Association on yet another successful Cooper-Young Festival and to Chris McHaney and his committee of volunteers for a well-run Festival Friday 4-Miler. The Cooper-Young Community Association duo of Sheree Stubblefield and...read more