Youth Speaker & Panelist at the 2017 Teen Wellness Conference
Natalie will talk about the bullying experience that inspired her to take action in the form of a mobile app, why it is important to spread kindness, and how all it really takes is one person to effect major change in a community. “I believe that real change starts with us - the students. I also believe that every school has upstanders like me who want to invite others to join the lunch table. Something as seemingly small as lunch can make huge strides in making a school more inclusive, and the kids much happier. Having been on both sides - the person who was excluded and the person who invites anyone sitting alone to join the lunch table - I know that my app can make a difference.”
Pronouns: she, her, hers
Seventeen year old Natalie Hampton is a Los Angeles high school senior, anti-bullying activist, app developer, and the CEO of a non-profit called Sit With Us, Inc. Natalie’s bullying experience in middle school inspired her to create the award winning Sit With Us mobile app, which serves as a free lunch planning tool for middle and high school kids so that no one has to eat lunch alone. The app has been featured by Apple under “New Apps We Love” in the App Store, has been downloaded by 100,000+ people in seven countries worldwide, and has garnered the attention and acclaim of international media and press. Natalie has spoken at conferences such as “Girls Can Do” (Washington D.C.) and Renaissance Weekend (Charleston), and also spreads her message to schools by visiting in person, or connecting via Skype. Recently, she was an invited speaker at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Say No Bullying’s annual festival, TEDxTeen in London, and the United Nations Youth Assembly, which granted her an award for her humanitarian work. Natalie is also proud to be partnering with six prominent anti-bullying organizations, including Born This Way Foundation, PACER, and Champions Against Bullying.