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THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT

AN IMMERSIVE SOCIAL JUSTICE DATA ANALYTICS EXPERIENCE 

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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

The Butterfly Project
2023 Louisville Event Coming Soon!

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Educators, students, and nonprofits will participate in a four-day workshop to learn data analytics for social progress. ​Using open access data sources, participants will work with community nonprofits throughout the program using data to support their efforts of addressing systemic inequities that directly impact their community's residents.  
During the program, participants will experience and learn: 
  • 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.

“We are happy to be a community partner in The Butterfly Project! I have met with the students a few times and I am really excited to see the engagement. It is empowering to see the group light up about data research."

– Meka Kpoh, Black Birth Justice

(community partner)

HOW YOU FIT IN THE BUTTERFLY PROJECT

STUDENTS

  • Learn a unique way to work on issues of 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

EDUCATORS

  • 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

NONPROFITS

  • 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

  • Looking for more? Check out our LinkUp Tech Services.

SPONSORS

  • 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

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Past Community Service Projects

Each year, participants are assigned to non-profits and worked with them to exam data and create data visualizations that they can use moving forward. Past organizations that have benefited from The Butterfly Project include:

40&1 Company

ACLU Kentucky

Amplify Louisville

Black Birth Justice

Flight Club 502

Cultivating The Youth Experience Inc.

Sowing Seeds with Faith

Queer Kentucky

South Louisville Community Ministries

Zora's Cradle

Program Partners

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Bloomberg
Philanthropies

LOUISVILLE, USA

2021 Global Mayor Challenge

CHAMPION CITY

Creating the diverse workforce of the future.

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