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Getting On Track: Lessons from Éxito’s First Year

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.

In this report, Research for Action (RFA) focuses on the first year of program implementation for Congreso de Latinos Unidos’ Éxito Program. The purposes of the report are three-fold:

  • To introduce the cohort of Éxito participants that will be the focus of longitudinal research;
  • To begin to document Éxito’s impact on program participants;
  • To provide formative information on program implementation, which can assist the development of the Éxito program.