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Emergency Response at Little Earth
Short Film - 3 Minutes
In February 2021, Drew, Demario, and Josh return with S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 to meet with community leaders and local lawmakers at Little Earth for a strategic planning conference to ensure food security and access to telehealth, as an emergency comes once again during the upcoming trials to this community in the heart of Minneapolis.
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Little Earth Urban Farm
Short Film - 12 mins
In December, SHIELD I sent a delegation to document and provide emergency relief to Little Earth Urban Farm in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
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Demario's Vision
Clip - 3 mins
Demario Davis shares his Vision with members of Little Earth Residents Association and Little Earth Farm of Minneapolis, joined by the SHIELD 1 delegation.
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Little Earth Urban Farm
Short Film - 12 mins
In December, SHIELD I sent a delegation to document and provide emergency relief to Little Earth Urban Farm in the heart of downtown Minneapolis.
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Demario's Vision
Clip - 3 mins
Demario Davis shares his Vision with members of Little Earth Residents Association and Little Earth Farm of Minneapolis, joined by the SHIELD 1 delegation.

DONATE NOW FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE UNDERWAY IN MINNEAPOLIS

give to sustain little earth THROUGH THIS NEXT WAVE OF VIOLENCE EXPECTED THROUGH THE TRIALS WHICH ARE NOW UNDERWAY

Following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Little Earth, the only Urban Native American-preference HUD housing community in the world (with over 38 different Tribes represented), became a vital resource to this community and neighborhoods throughout Minneapolis, feeding and providing emergency aid to over 1000 people per day in addition to its own 1,200+ residents. 

In the midst of dealing with losses of lives, violence, and overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to food and critical healthcare suddenly became primary issues at the forefront of the community’s emergency response. 

Now as the community prepares for the trial with National Guard occupation already underway in parts of downtown, S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 asks for your donations to support Little Earth to sustain during this next wave of violence.

LITTLE EARTH HAS THE HIGHEST MORTALITY RATE IN THE TWIN CITIES.

S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 + LITTLE EARTH

FOOD SECURITY, ACCESS TO CARE, STABILITY, AND SAFETY

S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 Founders Demario Davis, Drew Brees, and Josh Norman visited Little Earth in February 2021 to meet with community leaders, the Director of the Minneapolis Department of Health Office for Violence Prevention, State legislators, and local lawmakers to plan for an emergency response to assist communities in Minneapolis through the next wave of violence expected from the trials in the murder of George Floyd. 

EMERGENCY RESPONSE TO SUSTAIN LITTLE EARTH URBAN FARM

In December 2020, S.H.I.E.L.D 1 sent a delegation to fund Little Earth Urban Farm for the next three months leading up to the trials of George Floyd. Working beyond capacity, it Little Earth became a critical resource hub. 

It often fed over 1,000 people per day in addition to its own residents, when local groceries stores had burned to the ground in the wake of protests after the death of George Floyd, as access to transportation and emergency services were cut off, and resources were scarce in central Minneapolis. 

Little Earth faced numerous losses of life due to violence, overdoses, and lack of access to emergency healthcare, while still enduring the challenges of a global pandemic. 

S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 IS NATIONWIDE WITH GLOBAL OUTREACH

MISSION 1:
Provide Grants AND ASSISTANCE

to organizations that provide services in economically distressed communities in the United States, with matching 1:1 funds from NFL® Player programs of their choice.

MISSION 2:
Create EndowmentS

that would provide assistance to Historically Black Colleges and Universities through scholarships and internships

MISSION 3:
Provide Assistance

to former NFL® players, US Military Veterans, underserved, and critical medical first responders, including long term health and disability insurance, financial assistance, mental health services, professional development, counseling and financial literacy

MISSION 4: VOLUNTEERING Community Service

volunteer hours in lieu of a “ fining system” to connect players with community service centers and children & youth centers, engaging communities nationwide.

MISSION 5: Apprenticeship Programs

Veteran NFL Players mentoring students through partner organizations (internships), and public/private partnerships

MISSION 6:
Leadership Development

training, programs, camps, workshops, webinars, and virtual courses for Veteran NFL players, families, and their communities

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CATALYST CITY

MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA

WHY MINNEAPOLIS?

OPPORTUNITIES IN RACIAL DISPARITIES

Black and Brown Communities are testing positive for COVID-19 nearly 6-7 times higher than white Minnesotans.

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CUMULATIVE COVID-19 CASE RATE PER 100,000 FOR MINNESOTANS. POSITIVE CASES SIX TIMES HIGHER IN BLACK POPULATIONS AND SEVEN TIMES HIGHER IN LATINX POPULATIONS COMPARED TO WHITE POPULATIONS IN SEPTEMBER, 2020.¹

DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS BY RACE

MINNESOTA RANKS AMONG HIGHEST IN THE NATION IN RACIAL DISPARITY FOR DRUG-RELATED DEATHS.

WHITE OVERDOSE DEATHS
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BLACK DEATHS MORE THAN TWICE AS LIKELY
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INDIGENOUS DEATHS FROM OVERDOSE ARE MORE THAN SIX TIMES AS LIKELY THAN WHITES
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AGE ADJUSTED RATE PER HUNDRED THOUSAND RESIDENTS IN MINNESOTA FOR 2017.²

THE GULF OF RACIAL INEQUALITY SHOWN IN UNEMPLOYMENT

More than 44% of Indigenous workers and more than half of black workers in Minnesota have experienced unemployment since the start of the pandemic.

TOTAL % OF WHITE WORKERS FILED UNEMPLOYMENT
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TOTAL % OF INDIGENOUS WORKERS FILED UNEMPLOYMENT
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TOTAL % OF BLACK WORKERS FILED UNEMPLOYMENT
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MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DATA FOR DURATION OF THE PANDEMIC SINCE MARCH 2020, AS OF AUGUST 2020 ³

HOMELESSNESS ALSO REFLECTS THE RACIAL DISPARITIES

WHILE LESS THAN 2 PERCENT OF MINNESOTA'S POPULATION IS INDIGENOUS, NEARLY 1 IN 4 INDIVIDUALS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS ARE INDIGENOUS.

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Similarly, Black individuals make up less than 1 in 10 of Minnesota's population statewide, but represent nearly 40% of individuals experiencing homelessness.

MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH DATA FOR DURATION OF THE PANDEMIC SINCE MARCH 2020, AS OF AUGUST 2020 

THE GULF OF RACIAL INEQUALITY SHOWN IN INCOME AND HOUSING IN MINNEAPOLIS

BLACK INCOME REPRESENTS ONLY 44% OF WHITE HOUSEHOLD INCOME
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WHITE HOME OWNERSHIP AMONG HIGHEST IN US
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YET LESS THAN A QUARTER OF BLACK FAMILIES OWN THEIR HOME, AMONG LOWEST IN US

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Disparity Between Mortality Compared to White for Ages 25-44

AVERAGE MORTALITY IN WHITE POPULATIONS
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BLACK DEATHS ALMOST TWICE AS LIKELY
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INDIGENOUS DEATHS OVER THREE TIMES LIKELY
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MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

¹ Minnesota Department of Health. (2020, September 13). Minnesota COVID-19 Response, COVID-19 Cases.  Retrieved from: https://mn.gov/covid19/data/data-by-race-ethnicity/index.jsp

² Minnesota Department of Health. (2019). Race Rate Disparity in Drug Overdose Death. Retrieved from: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/alcohol/data/suicideopioidalcohol.html

³ Minnesota Department of Health. (2020, September 13). Minnesota COVID-19 Response, Unemployment. Retrieved from: https://mn.gov/covid19/data/data-by-race-ethnicity/index.jsp 

⁴ Minnesota Department of Health. (2020, September 13). Minnesota COVID-19 Response, Homelessness. Retrieved from: https://mn.gov/covid19/data/data-by-race-ethnicity/index.jsp

⁵ Ingraham, C. (2020, May 30). Racial inequality in Minneapolis is among the worst in the nation. Retrieved from: https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/05/30/minneapolis-racial-inequality/

⁶ Minnesota Department of Health. (2021, March 9). Ratio: Disparity between mortality of given race compared to white. Retrieved from: https://www.health.state.mn.us/communities/practice/resources/chsadmin/community-populations.html

Minneapolis, MN COMMUNITY STATS

  • STATE of the art sports facilities, twin cities home of NFL Vikings
  • CATALYST FOR INNOVATION
  • HISTORIC CULTURAL DISTRICTS
  • “RICH IN RESOURCE”
  • HOME TO MALL OF AMERICA
  • SIXTEEN Colleges and Universities
  • 90,000 MILES OF SHORELINE (MORE THAN HAWAII, CALIFORNIA, AND FLORIDA COMBINED)
  • Great Lakes Economic Region
  • OVER 28 Tribal NationS 

CHANGE AGENT

BUFFALO
NEW YORK

BUFFALO PILOT:

INNOVATIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

HYBRID TECH ACCELERATOR + INCUBATOR

COMMUNITY CAPACITY BUILDING

Capacity building and support services for existing business accelerators and incubators. Offering tech accelerator programs, and corporate accelerator programs and support services.

ECONOMIC IMPACT

Investing in entrepreneurship development. Creating apprenticeships and internships to develop a pipeline for workforce development. Development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem and impact investing.

CLOSING THE GAPS


By fulfilling this mission, the tech accelerator and incubator would contribute to job creation, health insurance for participant programs in apprenticeship, and provide for enhanced economic health in partner cities. Increase COVID-19 test sites and resources.

WHY BUFFALO?

ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY

4th Highest Youth Poverty Rate in the U.S
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NATIONAL AVERAGE POVERTY RATE IN US
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47.2% IN BUFFALO, COMPARED TO 11.8 % NATIONAL AVERAGE IN 2019 ¹

BUFFALO UNEMPLOYMENT RATE
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NATIONAL AVERAGE
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14.3 % IN BUFFALO, COMPARED TO 3.6 % NATIONAL AVERAGE IN 2019 ²

BUFFALO JOB GROWTH RATE
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NATIONAL AVERAGE
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Job growth 3.3% over 5-year change compared to 9.3% National Average ³

¹ Poverty in Buffalo: Causes, Impacts, Solutions 
Truth Commission on Poverty in Western New York (2018)
https://ppgbuffalo.org/files/documents/poverty_low_wage_work_income_inequality/truth_commission_report__poverty_in_buffalo_causes__impacts__solutions.pdf

² Bureau of Labor and Statistics
https://www.bls.gov/regions/nw-york-new-jersey/summary/blssummary_buffalo.pdf

³ Federal Reserve Bank of New York – Buffalo Major Economic Indicators (2018)
https://www.newyorkfed.org/medialibrary/media/research/regional_economy/charts/Regional_Buffalo

BUFFALO, NY COMMUNITY STATS

  • Home to the NFL® Franchise Buffalo Bills

  • Located Between New York City and cross-border economy of Toronto

  • Seven Colleges and Universities

  • 20 Miles South of Niagara Falls

  • Great Lakes Economic Region

  • Seneca Tribal Nation

S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 CORE COMPETENCIES:

BRIDGING COMMUNITIES

VIRTUAL + ONSITE ACCELERATOR
PROGRAMS

Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) for Financial Services Sector Accelerator Programs, Cybersecurity for Workforce, Gaming Industries, Telemedicine for Communities, & Smart Facility Technician Certifications.

INNOVATION IN ACCELERATOR PROGRAMS

specializing in STEM/STE(A)M Highly Qualified Workforce Development certifications, youth coding camps, and robotics through partner organizations such as Buffalo Public Schools Entrepreneurship and Internship Programs, GIRLS CODE®, and FIRST® Robotics Programs and Competitions.
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S.H.I.E.l.D 1 FOUNDERS

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Josh Norman

Visionary Founder

NFL® Cornerback, Buffalo Bills

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Demario Davis

Co-Founder

NFL® Linebacker, New Orleans Saints

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Drew Brees

Co-Founder

NFL® Quarterback, New Orleans Saints

SUPPORTERS OF S.H.I.E.l.D 1

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Tom Brady

Supporter

NFL® Quarterback, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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Patrick Mahomes

Supporter

NFL® Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs

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Eric Kendricks

Supporter

NFL® Linebacker, Minnesota Vikings