S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 has partnered with the Little Earth community in Minneapolis—the only Urban Native American-preference HUD housing community in the world, representing over 38 different Tribes.
Following the murder of George Floyd and the burning of local grocery stores, Little Earth became a vital community resource, providing daily emergency aid to 1,000+ people, in addition to its 1,200+ residents. The city of Minneapolis sees Little Earth as a community to invest in, as it is located in an area that is at high levels of climate and social vulnerability.
Since 2007, the general operating budget and youth incentive program for Little Earth has been completely funded through education, safety, and community-focused donations, as well as restricted grants, all by way of Hennepin County. This includes their Urban Farm which has increased food accessibility, directly correlating to rises in employment, education, and health.
Through our work with Little Earth and with other partners, we are working to improve community resilience to climate change disasters through partnership development, housing infrastructure improvements, renewable energy planning, and community training.
S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 is working to develop an Ag-Tech Innovation Hub that would bring employment, housing, health, and wellness opportunities and resources serving marginalized communities in New Orleans. Known as Points of Light, S.H.I.E.L.D. 1's global strategy that is innovative and reimagines communities through community partnership developments that blossom into an entire urban design that is sustainable, regenerative, and futuristic.
S.H.I.E.L.D. 1 is working to develop a hybrid tech accelerator and incubator in Buffalo, NY that would offer tech accelerator programs, corporate accelerator programs, and support services. 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. The accelerator would focus on investing in entrepreneurship development, creating apprenticeships and internships to develop a pipeline for workforce development.
What We Do
via scholarships, grants, and endowments
via volunteering/community service, apprenticeship programs
via leadership development, partnership development
with communities, program, and key stakeholders