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
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Join the book club for a spooky Halloween read this month. Follow Emma as she ends up stranded in the Black Hills of South Dakota. As she tries to run away from her past, it catches up to her in a horrifying, menacing and bizarre way. You won’t want to put it down.
By Jackson Danley Hey neighbors, I have been busy since my last update. Earlier this month, we hosted our annual 4th of July parade and it was a great time for all! Dozens of CY residents braved the heat at Peabody Elementary for all the festivities. Before the parade...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield Summer break is a gift and a curse. It's a chance for you to spend time with the kids but it's also a chance to spend time with the kids. Know what I mean? To beat the summer break blues, we have scoured the internet for all the best summer day...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield This Thursday, we are hosting a Block Captain Mixer for all of our Cooper-Young neighbors who want to make this neighborhood even better! We know you're wondering, "Me? Do I have what it takes? Do I have the time? Do I have the skills?" Um, yes....read more
By Sheree Stubblefield Friday, May 10 I had the opportunity to take the bus in Memphis for the first time at the "Bus Bunch" event hosted by Commute Ops Memphis and the CYCA. Commute Ops is an advocate for alternative transportation options and we wanted to get in on...read more
By Robert Hatfield On Thursday, May 2nd, I had the honor of participating in Shelby County Schools’ Principal for a Day representing the CYCA. Each Principal for a Day met their assigned school’s principal at Bellevue Baptist for a breakfast and introduction to the...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield Cooper-Young Community Association is proud to announce the winner of its very first scholarship, Jackson Danley! Danley lives in the neighborhood and attends Central High School as a Junior. He boasts a 4.0 GPA and is an Eagle Scout. When asked...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield Spring cleaning season is upon us! To help Cooper-Young prepare, the Lamplighter interviewed Carla Worth and Mallory Elkins, owners of Aunt Keys Apothecary, a Midtown-based natural cleaning company. Aunt Keys officially began in 2013, although...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield Approximately twenty years ago, the word “recycling” was added to the lexicon of the average American home. It was becoming “normal” rather than an extreme practice of the new-age, “granola” community. Nowadays, some people are hyper-recylists...read more
By Mackenzie Campbell and Tiffany Calhoun Have you ever read a book so good that you can’t stop talking about it, but no one gets it because they haven’t read the book? What if there was a group out there to help with this very issue? Well, contain your excitement...read more
By Sarah Houston CAESER, University of Memphis Memphis sits atop a special underground water source – the world-famous Memphis aquifer. Sometimes it’s called the Memphis Sand Aquifer, but “Memphis Sand” is the name of the geologic formation... “Memphis aquifer” is...read more
By Carla Worth and Mallory Elkins Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be an overwhelming task. Breaking it down into smaller portions will take the anxiety and chaos out of each chore. 1. Start from the top! Dust needs time to settle before you can sweep or vacuum it up....read more
By Stephanie Gonzalez You’re sniffling, it’s raining nonstop, the dogs are constantly tracking mud in from the backyard. It can mean only one thing: Spring is here! The season of renewal is a great time to pare down some of the clutter that’s gathered in your home...read more
By Kim Halyak Spring is around the corner which makes us think of flowers and sunshine. It's the perfect time to plant your garden and watch the flowers grow but living in the city with a smaller garden does not mean you are left out! For all the city dwellers out...read more
By Mark Morrison In many ways, it’s hard to believe that this will be Cooper-Young Beerfest’s 10th year. So much has changed, but our original mission remains the same. This annual fundraiser for the Cooper-Young Community Association began as the brainchild of...read more
The Cooper-Young Community Association is looking for some volunteer help October 17 to prepare for the Cooper-Young Beerfest. Gather with other neighbors to help make pretzel necklaces for festival attendees to purchase during the fest. Volunteers will enjoy snacks,...read more
Dear Readers Book Club, the Cooper-Young neighborhood book club, will have their monthly gathering Tuesday, October 29 at 7 p.m. This month’s read is Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton. The protagonist, Emma, is a hitchhiker on the run from her traumatic past...read more
As a thank you to Cooper-Young Community Association members for their support, we would like to treat our membership to a free gentle yoga class October 12 at 1:30 p.m. at mind/body HAUS, located at 2163 Young Ave. This class is free for CYCA members. Those who are...read more
Memphis Made Brewing Co. owners Andy Ashby (l) and Drew Barton. Cooper-Young Community Association wouldn’t be what it is without our neighbors. They volunteer. They own businesses. They contribute their ideas and their passion to the Cooper-Young community. Each...read more
By Bob Morrison Cooper-Young Garden Club The motto for October (and all other fall months) should be “do everything possible this fall rather than putting it off until spring”. This is especially true of all planting, for there are few things that may not be planted...read more