Document Type

Capstone Project

Publication Date



Stevenson Center, Economics, Program Evaluation, Youth, College, Hispanic, Immigrant, Students

First Advisor

German Blanco


The Emerging Leaders Program is a series of workshops targeted at Hispanic and immigrant first-generation students geared towards improving the likelihood they enroll in college. The present study uses different regression techniques and matching algorithms that incorporate propensity scores to estimate the average treatment effect on the treated of the Emerging Leaders Program. This study used participants from the High School Longitudinal Survey of 2009 to create a synthetic control group, Emerging Leaders Program student applications for data on participants, and the National Student Clearinghouse for college enrollment data. The findings indicate that the Emerging Leaders Program increased the probability of enrolling in college in the range of 38 to 43 percentage points for students that participated in the program.

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Economics Commons