Teen Launches ‘Sit With Us’ App To Help End Lunchroom Loneliness
Sit With Us is the brilliant new app that’s setting out to put a spin on school lunch so that no student need ever eat alone again.
16-year-old Natalie Hampton created the app-that will forever change the lunchroom game in schools- which allows students to designate themselves as “Ambassadors” and invite others to come join them. Its purpose is to help students who may have difficulty finding peers to eat with find a new group to join in the lunchroom.
“Sit With Us was inspired by a miserable experience of being bullied in middle school. Apart from the verbal taunts and violence, one of the worst things was having to eat lunch alone, and the embarrassment of having others see me eating lunch alone,” Hampton wrote in the app’s About section. “After I changed schools, whenever I saw someone eating lunch alone, I would always invite the person to join the group. Each time, the person’s face would light up, and the look of relief would wash over the person’s face. Some of those people have become some of my closest friends.”
One huge plus about the app is that it’s discreet–no one ever has to know that it was used to find a new lunch group. “This way it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know,” Natalie told Audie Cornish on NPR’s “All Things Considered”. “And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”
As far as how the app is being received so far, Hampton says it’s going really well. “People are already posting open lunches at my school,”she told Cornish”. “So I’m very excited that things are already kicking off with a great start.”
Photo Credit: Sit With Us Official Site