Building Community, One Block at a Time
Good neighborhoods are those where neighbors work together on common issues and look out for each other. Block leaders take extra steps to connect neighbors and build community -- making our neighborhoods safer, more harmonious places to live.
The Block Leader Program teaches residents how to get to know their neighbors and to organize activities so neighbors can more easily communicate. Block leaders are vital links between City Hall and the neighborhoods -- and they gain the inside track on neighborhood development and activities.
Cupertino's Block Leader Program is the proud recipient of a National Award, the National League of Cities’ NBC/LEO 2015 Diversity Award.
To remain active, Block Leaders should: 1) Gather neighbors at least once a year; 2) Participate in Block Leader meetings/training at least once a year; 3) Report on neighborhood status. View Block Leader Volunteer Agreement
Next Block Leader Meeting: Thursday, January 31, 2019, 6:00 to 8:15 p.m.
Details coming soon. Please save the date!
Six Tips for Thoughtful Holiday Conversations
To enter the Holidays with a game plan for productive, thoughtful conversations, and to keep the family dinner conversations more about genuine dialogue and understanding despite differences, here are tips from the National Coalition for Dialogue and Deliberation.
Be an active listener: Listening is key to respectful conversations. Be sure that you are really seeking to hear and understand what’s being said, not just looking the next moment to interject or thinking about what you’ll say to argue their last point.
Keep an open mind: Dialogue is most successful when we are open enough to learn something new and even admit that we might be wrong. Be open to others’ ideas and perspectives, to learning something new, to questioning your assumptions, and suspend your judgments.
Be curious. The opinions that we hold are usually grounded in a deeper set of values or broader outlook that we hold as important. Be genuinely curious about what’s important to the other person to open up space for more meaningful dialogue.
Discuss stories rather than debating facts: Stories from your life, or that both of you can relate to, can help make space for personal connection and perspective taking.
Look for common ground: Think about what interests, experiences, or beliefs you know you share in common and invite reflection on them.
Try to end on a positive note: Even if you don’t agree in the end, that’s OK. Thank them for their willingness to talk with you before you’re done, or acknowledge that you understand more of their perspective now and maybe even learned something.
Block Leaders Go Behind-the-Scenes at Service Center
Sept 27, 2018 - It was a packed house at the Service Center Tour for Block Leaders. Public Works supervisors and lead staff walked 66 Block Leaders through the facility, showed equipment, and described operations both on and off-site. At the end of the tour, the group gathered for an overview presentation of the Public Works Department and each division’s responsibilities. Supervisors then moved to break-out rooms to answer individual's questions.
Dozens of Cupertino Neighborhoods Organize on National Night Out
Aug. 7, 2018 - More than 40 neighborhoods participated in National Night Out, an annual event to connect with neighbors and take a stand against crime. Several held potlucks and ice cream socials, and took part in the Program's Scavenger Hunt.
If your group couldn't get together on National Night Out, it's not too late to schedule a block party and meet neighbors before summer ends. Check out cupertino.org/blockparty and plan you get-together today!
Door hangers to greet neighbors. Contact Laura, if you'd like any for your neighborhood.
It's Block Party Season
If you wish to organize games for all ages at your get together, check out the Indoor/Outdoor Games guide from the Recreation Department. To temporarily close your street for the occasion, apply for a Block Party permit at no cost.
16th Annual Block Leader Appreciation
April 25, 2018
15-Year Block Leaders 10-Year Block Leaders
Five-Year Block Leaders One-Year Block Leaders
Leaders work together on a game to track down supplies recommended in emergency backpack Go-Kits.
Block Leader Meeting, In the Know
City Departments share the latest projects and program overviews, January 25, 2018.
Neighborhood Events Resident Survey
PowerPoint presentations (in order of appearance):
www.cupertino.org/saferoutes - Information and updates on the Safe Routes to School program
www.cupertino.org/bicycling - Bicycle Transportation Plan, status of projects, benefits of bicycling
www.cupertino.org/citymaintenance - Description of services to maintain city facilities, parks, streets, trees
www.cupertino.org/cupertino311 - Request services for city tree trimming, broken sidewalk repair, etc.
Capital Improvement Projects
http://gis.cupertino.org/CIP/ - Interactive map of current projects
http://www.cupertino.org/CIP - Current budgeted projects- descriptions and status
Communication Training - Mindful Conflict
By understanding personal conflict styles, Shelley Giacalone and Leslyn McCallum from San Jose City College show block leaders how to manage conflicts better at home, work, school, social groups, and in the neighborhood, September 28, 2017.
Block Leader Program Celebrates 15 Years
Feb. 2002 - 2017
Annual Update from the Sheriff's Office
Captain Rich Urena's annual update presentation to block leaders at the Sheriff Department's Westside Station, January 26, 2017