Churchill Downs, Humana and Park Community Credit Union Present Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation JusticeFest

Churchill Downs, Humana and Park Community Credit Union Present JusticeFest for its fourth year on the Kentucky Derby Festival schedule.

As part of this event, Jefferson County students from grades 3-12 are pitching ideas to propose solutions to community-wide issues! They will present them to community leaders with hopes of initiating change.

Students are bringing to the table topics on homelessness, trash disposal concerns, inclusiveness, and historical content from diverse communities. Their projects include interviewing and publishing books on justice issues, producing documentaries and animation to further the story and creating opportunities for hope and healing in Louisville.

JusticeFest is being produced as part of the Derby Equity and Community Initiative, with Kentucky Derby Festival, Churchill Downs and Humana.

This program is one of a kind, and the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation is bringing business and community leaders, along with mentors, advisers, teachers and other professionals to hear their ideas.

Is your school interested in 2024 JusticeFest!

Justice Now is an immersive learning program within JCPS. It was launched in January 2021 and challenges students to make Louisville their classroom and Justice their curriculum. The students focus on four key cohorts as part of Justice Now and JusticeFest, which include: Acceptance and Equal Rights for all People; Environmental Justice; Educational Justice; and Community Investment/Disinvestment.

JusticeFest is the platform where students will present their work to community leaders.



*Entries are due by 5 PM on Friday, November 3rd.


Contribute to the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation to help fund Education Programs like JusticeFest!

The Foundation perpetuates the Festival’s impact on the community by developing projects that highlight the Festival’s influence on the area’s cultural heritage. It works to further the Festival’s educational and charitable mission through exhibitions and performances and producing educational programming on the Festival’s schedule of events, such as a Student Art Contest, STEM Robotics Competition and a Quick Recall Tournament.

The annual charitable impact of the Foundation is nearly $250,000.

All contributions made to the Foundation are tax-deductible.