The Butterfly Project Runs for 2nd Successful Year, Focuses on Helping Educators and Non Profits


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.

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.

“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.”

Butterfly Project Topic Highlights

  • Creative Writing/Haiku Workshop

  • The Jemez Principles

  • Social Identity Wheel

  • Data Framework

  • Data Cleaning and Profiling

  • Survey Design

  • Data Storytelling

  • Putting The Narrative into Context

  • Data Visualization

  • Power BI


The Butterfly Project Participants consisted of approximately 65 TeccBoss interns and 21 educators, along with 11 mentors and 8 nonprofit organizations. The participating educators included college professors, teaching assistants, and community leaders from: University of Louisville, Simmons College, Fern Creek and Western High Schools, Pathfinder School, Grace James Academy of Excellence, Cane Run Elementary, Kentucky Leaders of Tomorrow, and the National Black MBA Association.

Nonprofit organizations that participated in and were supported through the program included:

  • Tech-nique - mission is to create a world where the voices and experiences of underrepresented minorities are welcomed and celebrated in the field of technology.

  • Amplify Louisville - a place for startups and founders to explore ideas, build solutions, launch products, and grow businesses while supercharging our local and regional entrepreneurship ecosystem.

  • Flight Club 502 - Dedicated to teaching young students about leadership and success through realistic goal setting in aviation and through Next Generation Learning Challenges/STEM education.

  • Cultivating The Youth Experience Inc. - mission is to serve our youth as an organization that empowers and leads them to embrace maturity, responsibility, diversity, education and collaboration.

  • Sowing Seeds with Faith - To enrich youth via an institution that sustains cycles of success in education and careers. We believe that team-building and peer tutoring also helps to create an academically rich environment.

  • Queer Kentucky - diverse LGBTQ+ run non-profit based in Louisville, Kentucky working to bolster and enhance Queer culture and health though storytelling, education and action.

  • South Louisville Community Ministries - provides emergency assistance for our neighbors facing crisis and work with our partners and neighbors to better connect and advocate.

  • The Hope Buss - we strive to turn the needs of the community into strengths, believing that the work we begin will result in sustainable resources from which the community can eventually thrive with the ultimate goal of alleviating poverty.

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