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CYCA members represent our most dedicated neighbors, volunteers, and learders. Join us today and become a part of everything we do!

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Events

From our annual Festival Friday 4 Miler and Cooper-Young Beerfest to our fantastic holiday events, we love hanging out in the neighborhood.

Resources

Resources

Have a question about code enforcement? Need help with a lost pet? Check out these great resources to help you get the most out of Cooper-Young.

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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We can always use another hand. Click the button below to see volunteer opportunitites. You may just be exactly the person we need.

Calendar

Nov
21
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Nov 21 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Nov
22
Thu
CY Office Closed
Nov 22 – Nov 23 all-day
Nov
24
Sat
Small Business Saturday @ Gazebo
Nov 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Join us for Small Business Saturday – CY Edition! There will be giveaways, music and more.  Make sure you stop at the gazebo at Cooper and Young to grab a punch card and a shopping bag (free for members)! More info at this link! Share with everyone you know!

Nov
26
Mon
Dear Readers Book Club
Nov 26 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Come discuss Salvage the Bones by Jesmine Ward Monday, Nov. 29. “Salvage the Bones is a 2011 novel by Jesmyn Ward and was the 2011 recipient of the National Book Award for Fiction. The novel explores the plight of a working-class African-American family in Mississippi as they prepare for Hurricane Katrina and follows them through the aftermath of the storm.”

Nov
29
Thu
CYCA Thirsty Thursday
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location TBD

Dec
11
Tue
Volunteer Appreciation Party
Dec 11 all-day
CYCA General Meeting
Dec 11 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dec
19
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Dec 19 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Dec
24
Mon
CY Office Closed
Dec 24 2018 – Jan 1 2019 all-day
Gift Bags for First Responders
Dec 24 all-day

Lamplighter News

Garden club announces beautification grants

The Cooper-Young Garden Club is proud to announce that we are currently accepting applications for our inaugural “C Y We Beautify” grant program. We encourage all residents and civic groups to submit your creative ideas to beautify our neighborhood with plantings,...

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Partners, volunteers key to annual CY fest success

By Tamara Cook, Executive Director, Cooper-Young Business Association Now that Cooper-Young Festival 2018 is in the books, I want to thank a ton of folks that help put it on. You all are what a community is made of. A special thank you to all the City of Memphis...

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Thirsty Thursday returns

Do you want to make friends in the neighborhood? Wonder who you’re waving to from your front porch? Cooper-Young Community Association has event for you! Thirsty Thursday is our monthly CYCA mixer event held the last Thursday of every month. We provide light fare for...

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CYCA tries on new idea for meeting

CYCA spiced things up at their general meeting October 18 and hosted their first ever clothing swap. Clothing swaps are a great way to encourage sustainability and create less waste by trading clothes that you don’t wear anymore. It provides a fun, social environment...

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Meeting to chart minefield of code enforcement

What sets Cooper-Young apart from other communities is our neighbors. We walk to the beat of our own drum. Since CY is a historic community, however, there are times when we can get offbeat from one another. Due to its historic status, beauty, and high visibility,...

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