PVC (Prisoner, Vacationer, Change-maker)

PVC (Prisoner, Vacationer, Change-maker)

Materials Needed:

  • PVC Model (Flipchart or Power point)



 PVC stands for Prisoner, Vacationer, and Change-Maker’

  • These are mindsets you can have in any given experience

Prisoner Mindset:

In this mindset you may feel trapped in a situation and completely unhappy. You are stuck in a situation and your not really trying to find a way out.

Vacationer Mindset:

In this mindset things are great, you feel fine, and you can just kick back and go for the ride. There are many things going on around you but your not really focused on what’s happening, your in your own world.

Change-Maker Mindset:

Change-Makers are able to assess their position in any situation, and work to change things so that they are making the most out of their



PVC Activity Suggestions

Facilitator Instructions

1. Create a list of scenarios that your participants may encounter in life and/ or on the program (i.e. “Going on family vacation”, “Completing a group project”, “Participating in this program”)

2.  Make three big signs, one each for Prisoner, Vacationer, Leader. Place the signs on three different walls of your program space (or on the floor or ground, depending on space available)

3.  Begin the activity by reviewing the PVC model with the participants (using the model displayed on a flipchart or PowerPoint slide). Ask participants to tell you what a mindset is, discuss the meaning of mindset and some common mindsets. Review the PVC model after they understand the meaning of ‘mindset’.

4.  One at a time, read out your list of prompts and have participants move to the sign that depicts their mindset in each scenario. 

5.  Once the participants have moved to a sign, you may choose to have them discuss their mindset with the others at that station, or explain their mindset to a group at a different station. 

6.  You may wish to ask participants what it would take for them to change their mindset in particular situations. Is it possible to change ones mindset in challenging situations? Why or why not?




Word Whip

Word Whip

Time : 5 Minutes and up



  • This activity is usually done at the end of a day or program.
  • Have participants close their eyes, and think about one word that sums up what they have done, or learned so far, at this point you can remind them of some of the elements in the day or the program.
  • Give them 30 seconds to think about it
  • After giving them a chance to think ask one person to volunteer first (they will say their word, and we want them to pass the energy around the circle quickly, they can set the order by going to the right or to the left of the person who originally volunteered.

Circle of Values

Typical Grade Level:

  •  All

Typical Time Frame:

  • 15 Minutes

Materials Needed:

  • 3 sticky notes or index cards
  • 1 pen per participant 


  • Start off by having the participants sit in a circle
  • Discuss what a value means so everyone has a common frame around what a value is.
  • Have each participant write out their three top values (one per sticky note/ index card)
  • Participants will then have the opportunity to discuss the importance of each value (one at a time) with the given prompts.


  • When writing the values keep the values to yourself until given the prompt to share.
  • One value per sticky note/index card.
  • Power of choice: participants are not made to share; they have the option if they choose.
  • Values are shared only one at a time.


  • Frame a story around the experience to share (ie. We are on a hot air-balloon ride heading over some of the highest peaks: Kilimanjaro, K2 and Everest. At the smallest peak we have the opportunity to place our first values. What value will you place here for the world to see?.. Why did you choose this value? Etc… )

Circle of Values