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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
The annual Cooper-Young Community Yard Sale will feature more than 20 houses spread among the Cooper-Young neighborhood. Find furniture, clothing, tools, yard equipment and more while you walk or drive the historic streets of the neighborhood. Then have lunch in our...read more
This spring and summer, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved in your neighborhood. Are you interested in any of the events or roles below? Simply email email@example.com and we’ll connect you with the right person! Be a block captain! We’re revamping...read more
Join us for a special CYCA general meeting on May 8 at 6 p.m. in the CYCA office. We’ll be painting 901 Rocks to hide around the neighborhood in advance of the May 19-20 Garden Walk. The CYCA will provide paint, snacks and rocks (although feel free to bring your...read more
Thank you to all those neighbors who showed up at City Council on April 10 to support our Landmarks status application. It passed, making Cooper-Young the first historic overlay district granted in Memphis in 20 years, but with a contingency. The Cooper-Young Historic...read more
CYCA election results are in! Mark Morrison has been re-elected for another two-year term as president and Caroline Norris Smart has been re-elected for another two-year term as treasurer. Next year, we’ll hold elections for two-year terms for vice president...read more
By Kim Halyak The Cooper-Young Garden Club would like to personally invite you and your family to participate in our 3rd annual “Cooper-Young Garden Walk.” Our neighborhood garden tour happens May 19-20. Tour gardens 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. Get your two-day pass...read more