Teen calls Cooper-Young home even though he doesn’t live here

Triston CauseyBy Renée Massey

Triston Causey has been working to make Cooper-Young a safer and more desirable place to live, worship, work, and play for years … and he’s just a teenager. Oh, and he doesn’t even live in the neighborhood. Besides being a wildly hip and civically engaged individual, why would a young person who lives elsewhere spend years volunteering in Cooper-Young? Here, Triston tells you in his own words how and why he became part of the Cooper-Young tribe:

 Do you live in Cooper-Young?

I don’t live in Cooper-Young, but my uncle, Edward Greene, lives on Evelyn. I first started visiting the neighborhood about five years ago on a whim for community service hours.

How long have you been a Cooper-Young Community Association (CYCA) volunteer?

I’ve been a volunteer ever since I first started visiting the neighborhood five years ago. My uncle called me one day and asked if I wanted to volunteer at the 4-Miler, so I’ve been a volunteer ever since.

Please tell our readers about your most recent volunteer experience.

I’ve been doing events religiously ever since I first came into the neighborhood; whether I have to cancel plans or request off work, I’m there! The last experience I had was the 2014 Art for Art’s Sake auction back in April, and, as always, I met many new faces and had a wonderful time seeing old ones!

What other CYCA activities, if any, have you volunteered for in the past? Any favorites?

Once you’re in, it’s like a family. I can’t sit here and say I love any one event more than another. To me it’s all about coming together, as a community, and making something positive happen.

 What motivates you to volunteer with the CYCA?

Being a part of Cooper-Young and volunteering is such a life-changing thing. Knowing that there are so many people willing to come together and take time out of their busy lives is what makes it so great. We live in a rough world, and you just don’t see things like what happens in the C-Y community. My motivation is all of the people who live, work, shop, and volunteer in and around Cooper-Young.

What would you tell others about volunteering with the CYCA?

All I can say is that it’s so worth it. There’s a quote that I love: “Be the change you want to see in the world,” and we have to live by that. Whatever change you want, you have to step up to the task at hand. Whether it’s cleaning out an alley or putting together a four-mile race, it all happens because of dedicated volunteers.

What are your favorite things about Cooper-Young? What do you think makes Cooper-Young special?

Cooper-Young is like no other. I love the diversity. People of all nationalities, genders, and sexual preferences all love each other in a way no other community does. There’s no place like Cooper-Young.

So there it is:  Volunteering with the CYCA provides an opportunity to make new friends, come together as part of an amazing community, and belong to something darn near family-like. Sounds like Triston would be a great addition to the neighborhood when he’s looking for his own place in the future. Here’s hoping! No matter what age you are, teenager to retiree, there’s a place for you in the Cooper-Young Community Association volunteer network.  Email us at volunteer@cooperyoung.org, stop by the CYCA offices at 2298 Young Avenue during business hours, or call our outstanding Executive Director at 901-272-CYCA (2922) to find out how you can volunteer.  Volunteering is an easy way to meet your neighbors and other members of this delicious stew called Cooper-Young.  Heck, you might even run into Triston.

Author: LampLighter

The voice of Cooper-Young, a vibrant, diverse neighborhood to live, work and play, in the heart of Midtown Memphis, Tennessee.

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