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
- 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.