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 -- helping our neighborhoods to be safer, healthier, and happier.
The Block Leader Program teaches residents how to get to know neighbors and organize activities so neighbors can more easily communicate. Block leaders receive updates on neighborhood development and activities and are vital links between City Hall and the neighborhoods.
Cupertino's Block Leader Program is the proud recipient of the National League of Cities’ NBC/LEO 2015 City Cultural Diversity Award and the League of California Cities 2010 Helen Putnam Award for Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement.
Next Block Leader Meeting
Thursday, January 23, 2020 -- Presentations by Santa Clara County Sheriff's Office, West Valley Division (Active Shooter Awareness: What Neighborhoods Need to Know) and Cupertino Senior Center Case Management (How to Help Your Senior Neighbors). Contact Laura for details.
Block Leaders Learn All About Green
October 3, 2019 - Cupertino's Environmental and Sustainability Programs Team showed Block Leaders how to recycle and compost, take action on the Climate Crisis, and how to gain rebates for water and energy-efficient equipment. Here are resources from the evening. Please share with neighbors.
17th Annual Block Leader Appreciation Celebrates Shining Work
May 15, 2019 - We look forward to the next 17 years! (See how our neighborhoods connect)
New Block Leader Training
March 27, 2019 - General program information and tips on how begin as a new block leader.
Choose from one of two sessions: 9:00 - 10:30 a.m. and 7:00 - 8:30 p.m., Quinlan Community Center, 10185 N. Stelling Road. Space is limited. To sign-up, contact email@example.com, or (408) 777-3331.
Sheriff's Present Crime Trends and Prevention Tips; Introduces Crime-Fighting Teams
January 31- One of our most popular Block Leader meetings is the Update from the Sheriff's Office, West Valley Division, and this year's meeting was no exception. Capt. Rich Urena returned to update block leaders on crime statistics and trends, and how to prevent from becoming victims. He also introduced staff, including the Burglary and Theft Suppression and K-9 teams, and displayed equipment found in patrol cars.
Block leaders heard from Ken Ericksen, Citizen Corps Coordinator, on how to report neighborhood status after a disaster:
Unsure which Reporting Zone you're in? Check out the city map.
Steffanie Turini, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, also reminded leaders how to start a Watch group.
Block Leader Meeting January 2019 Video
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
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.
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.