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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

The Butterfly Project is a one-week immersive program from July 11 - 15, 9a - 3p, for high school and college students and educators. During the program, students and educators will work in teams to experience and learn the following: 

  • Data analytics

  • Data wrangling

  • Data visualization

  • How to incorporate data analytics into any coursework

  • How to use data to strengthen the efforts of local non-profits that address social challenges impacting jobs, justice, education, health and housing by leveraging the power of data.

Using real data, participants work with community non-profits to support their efforts addressing systemic inequities that directly impact Louisville residents. Participants learn data analytics skills such as how to collect, interpret, and visualize data, as well as how to identify data gaps and how these gaps affect outcomes.

Students also receive additional training on:

  • Community empowerment through data

  • The Jemez principles

  • Causation vs correlation 

  • Effective science communication to non-academic audiences

  • Microsoft Excel and Power BI software


  • Earn community service hours 

  • Do work that matters

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

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

  • Support the mission of local non-profits

  • Learn to incorporate data science into any subject.

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

  • Build leadership skills and capabilities

  • Enhance hard and soft skills • Increase interest in STEM-Careers

  • Further your mission and creating opportunities for students to learn

  • Curated data sets to further your mission

  • A $500 gift card for your nonprofit

  • Use data to understand and address 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

Keep up to date with what's happening with The Butterfly Project

 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.