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Creating Inculsive Communities: Natalie Hampton

Teen innovator, Natalie Hampton, partners with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center to help create welcoming communities

At 16 years old Natalie Hampton designed the app Sit With Us to address bullying by helping students who have difficulty finding a place to sit locate a welcoming group in the lunchroom.

Hampton, a 16-year-old from Sherman Oaks, California, is the designer of Sit With Us, which launched on September 9. She was inspired to create it after she ate alone her entire seventh grade year, she told LA Daily News. The situation left Hampton feeling vulnerable and made her a target for bullying.

Hampton, now a junior, is attending a different school and is thriving socially. Yet, the memory of sitting alone and being bullied still haunts her, especially since she knows her experience isn’t an isolated one. The reason why she felt an app like this was necessary is because it prevents kids from being publicly rejected and being considered social outcasts by their peers. In a recent NPR interview Natalie explained, “This way [using the app] it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know. And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”

Meet Natalie

About the SIT WITH US App

Sit With Us website

Nobody has to each lunch alone!

  • SIT WITH US is available on the App Store
  • Download
  • Sign in with facebook or email
  • Decide if you want to be an ambassador
  • Search for featured lunch events or create your own
  • Chat with friends to coordinate lunch