Willow Rosser, age 16
Lakewood High School, Lakewood, OH
Teacher: Anne McQuay
One obstacle that prevents people from feeling included is the difficulty of finding a support group. Finding people with similar interests is fundamental to feeling comfortable and included, but to find that group is daunting. Making friends can be difficult, especially when someone is introverted. My design is a cooperative card game in which players work together to combat conflict cards that are obstacles to inclusivity (stereotypes, insensitivity, discrimination). Their boosts can be used three times per game to help other players, and everyone wins if all conflicts are defeated before the deck runs out. Games make people feel included by helping them find others with similar interests. When a group of people enjoy card games together, it is much easier to break down social walls. While this focuses on a young adult age group, anyone can participate.