16-year-old Natalie Thomson knows what it’s like to be the lone kid at a lunch table. She spent her entire sophomore year eating alone in the school cafeteria. For Natalie, the experience left her feeling vulnerable and the target for bullies… but her time sitting solo also brought about a simply, wonderful idea.
This year, Natalie launched her own app called “Sit With Us” that offers a way for kids faced with loneliness to connect with their peers. The phone based app allows kids to designate themselves as “ambassadors” showing their location and inviting others to sit with them.
“This way it’s very private. It’s through the phone. No one else has to know,” she explained to Cornish. “And you know that you’re not going to be rejected once you get to the table.”
As Natalie explained above, the app prevents kids from being publically rejected in front of their peers. They know they will be welcome, even with strangers, when joining an “ambassador” table.
The impact of her app has been significant.
“People are already posting open lunches at my school,” she told the program. “So I’m very excited that things are already kicking off with a great start.”
Here’s to Natalie and her potentially life changing idea. Thanks to her, there will be far fewer kids sitting alone at lunch this year.
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