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
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!
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.”
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,...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
In addition to this letter, I also create the monthly crime map in each issue of the LampLighter. As a result, I get a regular look at crime occurring in Cooper-Young and have observed the ups and downs as they have occurred over the years. Between this monthly...read more