Natsukoarts Design Sutudio supports various Youth Outreach efforts working alongside Natsuya Uesugi. WIth Shoji’s contacts in social media and homeless teen support circles, the Outreach program was originally started in New York City where the mental health needs of homeless youth is staggering. In 2019, Natsukoarts developed a strategy to design and expanded teen support services, We are currently working with multiple New York, California and Arizona counseling centers, as well as online support forums to provide self-esteem training, tools and literature to provide a voice to overlooked, troubled, non-binary, gay and trans at risk and homeless teens.
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Natsukoarts Outreach supports four mentorship programs working with counseling centers in at risk urban areas. The programs utilizes Natsuya Uesugi’s works and Natsukoarts designed workbooks and self-help guides to accompany the books in support of these programs. Two of the programs are:
- Manga Project for Teen Self Esteem
- Radically Authentic Street Advocacy
- A Storm’s Coming Manga (Outreach Version)
- A Storm’ Coming Comic (One Shot)
- graphic noiz manga (volume 1 – 3)
- John the Harbinger – click here to purchase book
Teen Self-Esteem Manga Project
The Manga Project for LGBT Youth Self-Esteem provides copies of original manga assets partnered with the A Storm’s Coming anime series. The program provides these assets to counseling centers focused on at risk, transgender and LGBT youth who come to the centers struggling with self-esteem, self-worth, hope and trust issue. The manga provides opportunities for counselors and support personnel to use the stories of graphic noiz and A Storm’s Coming that focus on overcoming adversity, self-acceptance and growing life skills to help teens deal with difficult emotions.
Radically Authentic Street Advocacy
The Radically Authentic Street Advocacy supports homeless youth predominantly with mental health and struggling with LGBT issues, coming out and being their genuine self. Homeless youth have particularly acute and complex issues related to identity when it comes to mental health. The Radically Authentic Street Advocacy provides the opportunity to use Natsuya’s A Storm’s Coming manga, the study guide John the Harbinger, and the graphic noiz manga to showcase stories of hope, resilience, and overcoming adversity. The Street Advocacy program has recently expanded its outreach through visits to teen homeless shelters and provides free meals, group self-esteem talk therapy session, and free socks for youth in need at homeless shelters.
Additional Outreach Projects
Natsukoarts supports the following programs using Natsuya Uesugi’s books to foster visibility and awareness of key social causes to advance the dialogue and foster partnership, equality and social change.
Covid-19 Face Masks for the Navajo Nation
All royalties from the upcoming release of the graphic noiz: destiny light novel will go towards Covid-19 support which is heavily affecting the Navajo Nation in Arizona. Funds will go to purchasing face masks and PPE for tribal citizens. As a Mixed race person with an Indigenous background, I write graphic noiz:destiny to bring visibility to the rich Indigenous culture and spiritual pantheon of First Nations and Native tribal communities.
#BlackTransLivesMatter & Trans Women of Colour
The graphic noiz series features the character Jade Ijima, a Japanese transwoman who is a hardresser and artist in the Fashion Design community in New York City. The character IIn in the science fiction grydsacen series is a homeless trans woman who has to navigate life on the streets. By writing transwomen and through support and bringing visibility to the high levels of violence transwomen are subjected to, Natsukoarts donates yearly to LGBT transgender causes to advance the need for equality, safety, and inclusion bringing visibility to specific challenges the trans community faces. Natsukoarts donates to The Center in New York City and The Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, and also works locally with LGBT counseling services that support trans teens in coming out, navigating transition and promoting safe spaces and gener affirming bathroom access for students in high schools.
Bringing LGBT Teen Suicide Out of the Shadows
Understanding the unique needs of LGBTQ teens and bringing visibility to cyberbullying and suicide prevention is front and center as a topic in the fantasy trilogy The Seer of Grace and Fire by atsuya Uesugi. the story features lead heroine and transgender teenager Ethesian and her twin brother Timorn. It is an epic quest tale featuring a heroine coming to terms with her own identity and follows her struggles. The book has been lauded in Professional Reviews for daring to showcase a non binary heroine who transcends the gender binary and excels in as a magic user and musician. For high schools reading clubs interested in copies of The Seer of Grace and Fire trilogy who want to read a YA book for LGBT education and Pride Month, contact Shoji to learn how to get free copies donated to your school reading programs for LGBT and Ally clubs. See Shoji’s email listed above on this page for more details.. .