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ERIC Number: EJ980182
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
Exito: Keeping High-Risk Youth on Track to Graduation through Out-of-School Time Supports
Hartmann, Tracey; Good, Deborah; Edmunds, Kimberly
Afterschool Matters, n14 p20-29 Fall 2011
"Exito" means "success" in Spanish, so it is a fitting name for a dropout prevention program. Set in a large neighborhood high school in a low-income, largely Latino section of Philadelphia, Exito supports ninth- and tenth-grade students who are at risk of dropping out of school by providing them with afterschool programming and case management services. The program was designed and is implemented by a large multiservice community agency, Congreso de Latinos Unidos (Congreso), working in partnership with the school. Funding comes from Philadelphia's Department of Human Services and from private foundations. When Exito was launched in the 2008-2009 school year, Congreso contracted a four-year longitudinal evaluation following the first cohort of program participants through high school graduation. The evaluation, now in its third year, has assessed student outcomes and studied program implementation. Results from the first two years suggest that Exito shows promise for reducing the dropout rate among those it serves. The program has attracted teens with "early warning indicators" for dropping out of school. In addition, program participation has been associated with positive student outcomes. Participants had fewer school absences than a comparison group for both of the first two years of the program; in year 2, they were also more likely to pass major subjects than a comparison group. This article describes the Exito program model, provides early evidence of its benefits, and shares promising practices as well as challenges identified by the evaluation. (Contains 1 table and 1 note.)
National Institute on Out-of-School Time. Wellesley Centers for Women, 106 Central Street, Wellesley, MA 02481. Tel: 781-283-2547; Fax: 781-283-3657; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 9; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania