What We Do

How does Face to Face work?

One hour meetings every two weeks at a designated location:
Although some spaces are better than others, a Face to Face can happen practically anywhere: a cafeteria, classroom, stage, or gymnasium each offer a unique meeting environment.

Four people to a table, anywhere from 5 to 500 tables:
A brand new Face to Face can start off with only 8 people, yet the maximum it can handle is limited only by the size of the room.

Each Face to Face involves two questions about one topic:
The first question typically asks students to identify a problem or to share a personal experience. The second question is solution-based and encourages students to come up with new ideas, taking the meeting to another level of discussion.

Group Agreements are placed on each table:
Not rules, but “guidelines” posted and made clear before each meeting. By participating in a Face to Face, students agree to respect and follow these guidelines.

Students change tables between Questions 1 and 2:
After 20 minutes of Question 1 discussion, the conversation comes to a pause. Each student stands and moves to a new table to ensure diverse conversations and fresh interactions for Question 2.

Face to Face stress balls on all tables, good for tactile learners:
Students often use the stress balls during their conversations, which help to comfort a nervous or shy participant while speaking or listening.

Snacks & water bottles provided at each meeting:
Shared among each group of four, students typically enjoy bowls of pretzels or goldfish; provides an incentive for students to come for the first time and gives the conversation a special “dinner table” atmosphere.

Each student is given a marker and post-it notes:
Markers and post-it notes allow students to record their ideas. Students then bring notes with them to their next discussion, which often helps to spark conversation.

Students record ideas on newsprint tablecloths:
The sheet of recycled newsprint that covers each table allows students to record ideas to share with others who will sit there during Question 2. Often covered with colorful doodles, the tablecloths serve as a visual record of the conversations that took place.

Big ideas are shared during the Group Discussion:
After 40 minutes of conversation, the meeting facilitators lead a full-group discussion. Students are encouraged to share ideas from either of their past conversations with the entire group. The Group Discussion is an opportunity for students to practice public speaking skills and appreciate the diverse and unique discussions that took place at each table.