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Established in 2021, The Butterfly Project provides the training necessary to support careers for historically underrepresented groups in data/technology fields and provides real assistance for grass-root organizations committed to supporting marginalized groups in Louisville.

“If a butterfly flaps its wings at just the right time in just the right place. It can cause a hurricane thousands of miles away. It's chaos theory, but see, chaos theory isn't exactly about chaos. It's about how a tiny change in a big system can affect everything.”

~ Jay Asher


“My major is data science, so this program was the first time I used data in a real world sense.  Seeing what my actual major looks like in the real world makes the work we are doing much more meaningful and important”

– Kerry Effinger (Bellarmine University)


Butterfly Project 2022

Over 60 Educators, Students, Nonprofits Participated in Workshop to Learn Data Analytics for Social Progress
From July 11 - 15, 2022 over 70 individuals including SummerWorks interns, high school educators, college professors, and local nonprofit leaders participated in The Butterfly Project, a one-week  immersive social justice data analytics experience that culminated in an event at Roots 101: African American Museum. 
​Using Louisville/JCPS’s open access data sources, participants worked with community nonprofits throughout the project to use data to support their efforts addressing systemic inequities that directly impact Louisville residents.  
The organizations that volunteered to participate and support the program included:  Tech-nique, Amplify Louisville, Flight Club 502, Cultivating The Youth Experience Inc., Sowing Seeds with Faith, Queer Kentucky, and South Louisville Community Ministries
During the program, participants experienced and learned: 
  • Data analytics skills such as how to collect, clean, interpret, and visualize data, as well as how to identify data gaps and how these gaps affect outcomes.
  • How to leverage the power of data to strengthen the efforts of local nonprofits addressing social challenges impacting jobs, justice, education, health and housing.
Educators also learned how to incorporate data analytics into any content area and those who successfully completed the training received a $1,000 stipend.  
On Friday, July 25 from 5 to 7 p.m, the participants presented their data projects to the nonprofits that they worked with as well as several community leaders. 
“This is a new way of thinking about the intersection of data science, workforce development, and social progress,” said Alisia McClain, Executive Director of the Louisville Future of Work Initiative.  “We are excited for the opportunity to expand from 15 participants to over 70 participants in our sophomore session of The Butterfly Project.”


  • Learn how to use data science to further social justice

  • Boost your skill-set (for work, college and life)

  • Learn how to use, read, compile data to tell a story

  • Support the mission of local non-profits

  • Partner with a local nonprofit that furthers social justice

  • Learn to incorporate data science into any content area.

  • Learn to find, clean, analyze and visualize data sets

  • Receive a $1000 stipend upon successful program completion

  • Receive curated data visualizations that further your mission

  • Engage with youth and educators who are learning data science to understand systemic inequities

  • Strengthen our community

  • Address our city’s opportunities for growth in social justice

  • Support a future 
    data economy workforce

  • Up-skill youth with paid learning opportunities leading to retention of talent in the workforce

  • Grow diversity in the workforce

  • ​Strengthen our community

 Community Service Projects

Completed The 2021Butterfly Project

Participants were assigned to non-profits aligned with the five core tenets of A Path Forward.

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2021 Global Mayor Challenge


Creating the diverse workforce of the future.

The Future of Work's Butterfly Project has been selected as the program that will be featured to represent Louisville, KY as one of 50 Champion Cities in the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2021 Global Mayors Challenge! We look forward to joining and learning from this global community of innovative cities as we work to improve upon The Butterfly Project in the months ahead.

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