Powered by the Microsoft Future of Work Initiative, The Butterfly Project will partner data science students from Central High School and Bellarmine University in Louisville, Kentucky. The program will both teach and enhance data science skills and promote the application of those skills for the cause of social justice and progress. Students will search for, work with and visualize existing data, and have the opportunity to discuss data gaps. Students will also receive training on effective science communication to non-academic audiences.

Spring 2021

Week one (Jan. 11):  Welcome, introductions, expectations (check-in)

Week two (Jan. 18):  Understanding the problem:  Meeting with community leaders within their respective path (jobs, justice, education, health, housing), supplementary tech classes begin

Week three (Jan. 25):  Understanding the available data:  selecting data from Louisville public data sets that fit the issues at hand, continue in curriculum 

Week four (Feb. 1):  Meeting with Louisville Urban League, others from A Path Forward to demonstrate progress and verify alignment on problem statement, continue in curriculum

Week five (Feb. 8) - week ten (Mar. 15): Bellarmine students and Central students begin to collaborate and apply what they have learned, determining which ML model to apply, visualizing data, applying all concepts learned, conclude curriculum

Week eleven (Mar. 22) - present findings to Louisville Urban League, A Path Forward, Louisville Metro Government, Bellarmine leadership, Central High School leadership, community-at-large; take corresponding achievement tests

Bellarmine University

Project Mission:

  • Connect high school and college students with community issues and partners to apply skills in data and technology to tell compelling stories that lead to a more equitable and just community.

  • Partners include: Bellarmine University, Central High School, Microsoft Future Work Initiative, Louisville Urban League, and TECH-Nique, Inc.

Internship Benefits:

  • This is a paid internship for academic credit. Bellarmine students must register the experience for 3-credit hours in spring 2021 and will commit to provide 90 hours of work at $15/hr (not to exceed $1,350 in earnings). Internship will run Jan. 4 – April 1, 2021. Students will officially intern with the Microsoft Future Work Initiative.

Job Description:

  • Attend weekly team meetings to learn about technology and community issues, discuss the project, and share individual progress. Students will dedicate approximately 7-10 hours per week to the internship project

  • Complete supplemental training on data analysis and technology platforms. Students will develop a basic understanding of Python, machine learning, data analytics, AI, and cloud services

  • Students will work with community organizations connected to their social justice topic to learn about systemic inequities and gain a better understanding of the challenges data and technology may be able to reduce/remove

  • Students will acquire open-access data sets and learn and apply data science and machine learning to the data sets to illuminate barriers, gaps, challenges, and inequities

  • Students will analyze and visualize data to communicate a compelling story about the barriers that exist and will discuss opportunities for positive change with the community partner.

  • Students will present their findings in collaboration with the community organization partners to the large community.

  • Students will develop a collaborative project summary with their community organization partners including 1) overview of the social justice issue, 2) data analysis and data visualization, and 3) community recommended next steps

Qualifications:

  • Junior or Senior standing

  • Open to all majors - Computer science, data science, and math majors encouraged to apply

  • Preferred experience with Python, machine learning, and AI a plus (not required)

  • Preferred experience working with community organizations to address social justice issues

  • Essential qualities: strong problem-solving skills, teamwork skills, independent accountability, passion for justice, and ability to learn new skills quickly

Application Instructions:

Data Justice Plan Prompt

Data has many uses outside of academia. In 2013, the Greater Louisville Project (GLP) produced and released a graphic called the Education Pipeline. It provided a snapshot of Louisville students from birth to post-secondary education. The data and graphic showed that Louisville could perform better in terms of moving students through high school into post-secondary education. In response to the Pipeline, the city of Louisville launched an initiative, now called Evolve 502, to increase the number of community residents graduating from high school and moving on to receive post-secondary degrees.

Please use the above as an example to address the following prompt:

  • If you would use data to address any social justice issue, what would it be and why? Please include the following in your response:

  • What data would need to be collected to address the problem?

  • Who would be the community partners (stakeholders) you would need to work with to ensure this data would be used to address community needs?

  • How would you partner with the community in this work?

  • Which action step(s) would you pick and why? (e.g. Would you write an editorial? Would you draft policy? Would you use social media?)

Writing tips:

  • We are looking for passion, creativity and drive.

  • Avoid relying on exclamation points to show your passion.

  • Choose an issue close to your heart - we want to get to know you.

  • Show us your authentic voice.

  • Please limit your response to 1 page, single-spaced, font size 11 or 12.

Central High School

Project Mission:

  • Connect high school and college students with community issues and partners to apply skills in data and technology to tell compelling stories that lead to a more equitable and just community.

  • Partners include: Bellarmine University, Central High School, Microsoft Future Work Initiative, Louisville Urban League, and TECH-Nique, Inc.

Internship Benefits:

  • This is a paid internship for academic credit. Central High students will commit to provide 90 hours of work at $10/hr. Internship will run Jan. 4 – April 1, 2021. Students will officially intern with the Microsoft Future Work Initiative.

Job Description:

  • Attend weekly team meetings to learn about technology and community issues, discuss the project, and share individual progress. Students will dedicate approximately 7-10 hours per week to the internship project

  • Complete supplemental training on data analysis and technology platforms. Students will develop a basic understanding of Python, machine learning, data analytics, AI, and cloud services

  • Students will work with community organizations connected to their social justice topic to learn about systemic inequities and gain a better understanding of the challenges data and technology may be able to reduce/remove

  • Students will acquire open-access data sets and learn and apply data science and machine learning to the data sets to illuminate barriers, gaps, challenges, and inequities

  • Students will analyze and visualize data to communicate a compelling story about the barriers that exist and will discuss opportunities for positive change with the community partner.

  • Students will present their findings in collaboration with the community organization partners to the large community.

  • Students will develop a collaborative project summary with their community organization partners including 1) overview of the social justice issue, 2) data analysis and data visualization, and 3) community recommended next steps

Qualifications:

  • Junior or Senior standing

  • Open to all majors - Computer science, data science, and math majors encouraged to apply

  • Preferred experience with Python, machine learning, and AI a plus (not required)

  • Preferred experience working with community organizations to address social justice issues

  • Essential qualities: strong problem-solving skills, teamwork skills, independent accountability, passion for justice, and ability to learn new skills quickly

Application Instructions:

Data Justice Plan Prompt

Data has many uses outside of academia. In 2013, the Greater Louisville Project (GLP) produced and released a graphic called the Education Pipeline. It provided a snapshot of Louisville students from birth to post-secondary education. The data and graphic showed that Louisville could perform better in terms of moving students through high school into post-secondary education. In response to the Pipeline, the city of Louisville launched an initiative, now called Evolve 502, to increase the number of community residents graduating from high school and moving on to receive post-secondary degrees.

Please use the above as an example to address the following prompt:

  • If you would use data to address any social justice issue, what would it be and why? Please include the following in your response:

  • What data would need to be collected to address the problem?

  • Who would be the community partners (stakeholders) you would need to work with to ensure this data would be used to address community needs?

  • How would you partner with the community in this work?

  • Which action step(s) would you pick and why? (e.g. Would you write an editorial? Would you draft policy? Would you use social media?)

Writing tips:

  • We are looking for passion, creativity and drive.

  • Avoid relying on exclamation points to show your passion.

  • Choose an issue close to your heart - we want to get to know you.

  • Show us your authentic voice.

  • Please limit your response to 1 page, single-spaced, font size 11 or 12.

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