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On Track to Success: The Fifth Year Evaluation of Congreso’s Éxito Program

Congreso de Latinos Unidos has partnered with Edison High School on the Éxito™ initiative since 2008-09 with the goal of reducing the school’s high dropout rate and increasing graduation rates. The program has received support from a variety of funders in its five-year history, including Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services (DHS), The Pew Charitable Trusts, Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, Philadelphia Youth Network, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, and the Comcast Corporation.

The Year Five evaluation continued to follow the first two cohorts of program participants—Cohort 1
(first time 9th graders at Edison in 2008-09) and Cohort 2 (first time 9th graders at Edison in 2009-10).
These two cohorts would have completed the Éxito™ program by 2010-11 or 2011-12. Year Five analyses
examined whether Éxito™ had any lasting impact on these students after they completed the program.
Because program participants were no longer enrolled in Éxito™ by 2012-13, we refer to them as
Éxito™ alumni.