Secondary School Students

Game Changers – Negotiation Skills Program


As they build their independence, secondary school students find themselves negotiating all the time: with friends about what to do on the weekend, with parents about where/what to study or travel plans, with teachers about special projects, with employers about work conditions. Gaining more real-world experience, young negotiators begin to reinforce habits and attitudes about what’s possible to achieve and how, often feeling caught between a sense that they must be aggressive and “hard” to pursue what they care about and to avoid getting taken advantage of, or that they have to be accommodating and “soft” so as not to rock the boat and to be liked by others.


Learning actively together, students discover the relevance to their lives of a principled, structured approach to negotiation. Through an experiential and highly participatory workshop, they build practical life skills in interest-based negotiation and creative problem solving, develop a set of shared vocabulary, metaphors and frameworks, and strengthen relationships with one another. In parallel, we partner with teachers to link the values and ideas of the program to the classroom for ongoing learning and reinforcement.


Impact on students:


  • Build a new vocabulary to organize thinking about when and how to negotiate
  • Become leaders in “changing the game” from competing to collaborating creatively
  • Discover tools for asserting themselves, problem-solving, and managing conflict in daily life
  • Build skills relevant to future studies, professions and family life
  • Serve as role models in schools and communities
  • Nurture connections between student groups
  • Improve English language skills


Workshop components:


  • Ice-breakers
  • Learning games and exercises
  • Negotiation simulations and role plays
  • Activity debriefs
  • Applied vocabulary and metaphors
  • Practice using preparation tools
  • Guided group discussions
  • Shared lunch and inter-school exchange


Our workshops are conducted in English, providing students with a shared opportunity for immersive speaking and listening practice.



Game Changers – Inter-school Negotiation Skills & Exchange Program


Through a participatory, experiential workshop paired with students from another school representing a different socio-economic background, students discover a way to “change the game” of negotiation, through which they can firmly and fairly pursue their interests, and collaboratively solve problems, while preserving and improving relationships, even with people they don’t know or who seem different than they are.


The Game Changers Inter-school Negotiation Skills & Exchange Program is supported by the U.S. Embassy in Belgium.


Read more about the 2016-2017 pilot program and testimonials from students and teachers.



Model United Nations


PATHWAYS works to prepare secondary school students for international Model United Nations programs, helping teams establish a shared approach, vocabulary and toolset to support impactful MUN leadership and contributions.


“Game Changers”

Brussels Pilot 2016-2017


In 2016-2017, PATHWAYS conducted Game Changers programs with the following school pairs in Brussels:


Athénée Royal Gatti de Gamond – 1000 Bruxelles & Athénée Royal Jean Absil – 1040 Etterbeek


Institut Saint-André – 1050 Ixelles & Collège La Fraternité site Saint-Vincent & site Saint-Ursule – 1000 Bruxelles & 1020 Laeken


Athénée Royal Crommelynck – 1150 Woluwe-Saint-Pierre & Lycée Molière – 1050 Ixelles


Institut Maris Stella – 1020 Laeken & European School Brussels – 1180 Uccle



“I learned how to negotiate and after taking part into the project, I started defending my interest differently. As of now, I know that no matter the situation I will be able to look for a solution that meets my interests and in the meantime keep good relations with people. Although my level in English is not that good, I handled it. I learned that there are always different possibilities; it is not a simple question of winning and losing.” – Student


“It was a highly interesting experience that worked on several levels: it gave our students insight into negotiating skills, an essential asset in many private, academic and public situations; it allowed them to discover cultures and social backgrounds other than their own, thus broadening their minds; it was also an opportunity to practice and improve their English in real-life communication situations led by an American native speaker.” – Teacher