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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

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 4 2019 all-day
Gift Bags for First Responders
Dec 24 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jan
8
Tue
CYCA General Meeting @ Cooper-Young Office
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join us for our monthly neighborhood meeting held the second Tuesday of each month. This month come hear from CYCA neighbor, Judi Schellabarger and Board Member, Mike Larrivee about planting trees and why they are important to our neighborhood!

General Meeting
Jan 8 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us for our monthly neighborhood meeting held the second Tuesday of each month. This month come hear from CYCA neighbor, Judi Schellabarger and Board Member, Mike Larrivee about planting trees and why they are important to our neighborhood!

Jan
16
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Jan 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Feb
12
Tue
CYCA General Meeting – Chili Cookoff @ Peabody
Feb 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

For our February general meeting, we will be partnering with Peabody Elementary for a chili cookoff! Bring your best chili recipe in a slow cooker and the Peabody staff will judge the winner! They will also give tour of the historic school. So if you have ever wanted to visit Peabody School, then this is for you!

Feb
20
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Feb 20 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Mar
20
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Mar 20 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Apr
17
Wed
Garden Club meeting
Apr 17 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Monthly Garden Club meeting

Lamplighter News

November meeting spotlighted landmarks, code

The CYCA November general meeting featured visits from both Brian Bacchus, principal planner for Memphis Landmarks, and Cori Hill from Shelby County Code Enforcement, to discuss the intricacies of Cooper-Young’s new landmarks status. They were invited to talk with...

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Small Business Saturday a success

The weekend after Thanksgiving is the biggest shopping period of the year. Starting with Black Friday and ending with Giving Tuesday, billions of holiday dollars are spent. One of the newer shopping days is Small Business Saturday. Cooper-Young is known for its small...

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Spring green planning takes root at January meeting

The new year is a great time to start planning for spring, so for our January meeting the Cooper-Young Community Association will be talking arboretum, plants, and trees with CYCA member Judi Shellabarger and CYCA board member and sustainability committee chair Mike...

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Dec. 11 party fetes volunteers, neighbors

As another year ends and we celebrate with family and friends, the Cooper-Young Community Association would like to celebrate the people who make everything we do possible. The CYCA would not be what it is without its volunteers, who make Cooper-Young the hip, funky...

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CYCA scholarship to foster community engagement

Parents know that college is more expensive than ever and that every little bit can help when it comes to paying for a child’s higher education. Suzanne Abedi, the Cooper-Young Community Association board’s youth and family committee chair, knows this well and has...

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