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
If you are a CYCA member, then this event is just for you! Join the CYCA for a FREE gentle yoga class at mind/body HAUS.
We recommend you arrive 15 minutes early and bring a yoga mat. If you do not have a yoga mat, they have a few to spare.
We also ask that you RSVP if you will be in attendance as the class can hold approximately 25 people. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Members please bring your membership card.
If you are not a member, don’t worry! You can sign up at the event. It is $20 per household. We take cash, check or charge.
Join us on Thursday, October 17th, as we make pretzel necklaces to be sold at our annual CY Beerfest. Each year, we hang out at the CYCA office (2298 Young) and put together this fun treat while enjoying a great evening with our neighbors. We’ll get started at 6 pm and continue until we’re out of pretzels. All volunteers are welcome to help out!
By Sheree Stubblefield This year, we are going zero waste in Cooper-Young and we are inviting you to be a part of that mission. The CY 4 Miler/Treslefest and the CY Festival happen Friday night and Saturday morning, respectively, each year. With that, comes a lot of...read more
Click above to download a PDF version of our festival...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield I reached out to Brett Roler at the Downtown PILOT Program to find out about the upcoming development. They are having a meeting Sept 10 at 9am at 114 N Main which is open to the public. Brett’s email is email@example.com. I will keep...read more
Compiled by Sheree Stubblefield Cooper-Young Christmas is almost here! The CY Festival is one of the most popular events of the year. With that comes fun but also crowds and heat. We reached out to some festival pros to ask them their best tips for getting through the...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield Introduce yourselves. What are your roles at Clean Memphis? Janet Boscarino, Executive Director at Clean Memphis Kathleen Quinlen, Operations Manager at Clean Memphis (and CYCA Member!) Who is Clean Memphis? Janet: 10 years ago, I was traveling...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield and Jake Seidman Recently, the CYCA held a summer story contest for the kids of Cooper-Young. The Lamplighter is proud to announce the winner of the contest is 8 year old Jake Seidman. Jake is a 3rd grader at Idlewild, loves the TV show Camp...read more
Compiled by Sheree Stubblefield Cooper-Young Christmas is next weekend on September 13 and 14! Every year thousands of people descend on our neighborhood for all the fun. This year this weekend will also host the Southern Heritage football game. That means there will...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield 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 month, we will highlight a Member of the...read more
By Sheree Stubblefield This year, the CY 4 Miler has decided to go green. What better way to do that than to partner with the greenest folks we know, Compost Fairy? They are passionate people starting a compost revolution. Together, we plan to make our race zero...read more
Neighbors on the race route throw a happening party on their front lawn while cheering on runners with signs, beverages and overall revelry. Every year, 2,500 runners come out to enjoy our fun, hip, historic community for our annual Cooper-Young 4-Miler race through...read more
The Cooper Young 4 Miler is happening September 13 at 7 p.m.! This is one of Cooper-Young’s largest events and fundraisers. There will be an party directly after the race at Midtown Autowerks, 795 S. Cooper St., with music, food, and Memphis Made beer. Our runners...read more
By Chris and Debbie McHaney The CY 4 Miler has been going strong since 1992 when Richard Coletta chaired the first race. The goal was to find a unique and fun way to raise money for the CYCA. The board wanted a race that was different and stood out from the pack which...read more
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
Mike Ham 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 month, we will highlight a Member of the Month who gives...read more