At Young Woman’s College Prep, Brad Rosenbaum aiming to hit 1.000

At Young Woman’s College Prep, Brad Rosenbaum aiming to hit 1.000

Brad Rosenbaum [Photo: David Kramer]

THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN THE D & C At Young Woman’s College Prep, Brad Rosenbaum aiming to hit 1.000 (D & C) Due to D & C server change, some of the pictures are missing.

• August 31, 2015

Time for the boys of summer to be the men of September again.

You met Brad Rosenbaum (yes, that’s right. He was adopted into the Jewish faith) at the Sunday Pick Up softball game played at the Brighton Twelve Corners Middle School around the corner from the Farmer’s Market. Versatile fielder. Plenty of power to left and center. Beneficiary and victim of the dreaded “Bradley Shift.” Sometimes accused of taking good pitches. See Pick up softball games still exist

Opinion Page, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, June 2015. From Pick up softball games still exist

Brad did not bat 1.000 this season. Nonetheless, as the summer starts fading into fall, and summer softballs are replaced by textbooks, Brad is still looking to make a hit. A 100% college acceptance rate for graduating students at Young Women’s College Prep Charter School of Rochester.

I have known Brad as a counselor at RIT who loved his job. So I was somewhat surprised he has taken a “Bradley Shift.” After spending the last 4 years at the RIT Higher Education Opportunity Program, Brad is making a change after accepting a position at YWCP as Director of College Counseling.

As Brad explained it, the more time he spent in the college campus atmosphere, the more he began to realize his passion. To give all students, especially those from difficult situations like many at YWCP, that very opportunity:

Coming from Brighton High School, I took many of the opportunities available to me for granted. Working for an outstanding program like HEOP at RIT, I was introduced to a different side of the college process. It was working with some of the most talented students I had ever encountered, many who came from very difficult backgrounds, that I realized that I could really affect change by working at the ground level by helping more students get into college.

But a 1.000 average? A lofty–and daunting–goal if there ever was one.  YWCP is a charter school, but most of its students face the same challenges and obstacles as their District counterparts.  Realistically, when it comes to college admissions, they are at a competitive disadvantage compared with their suburban counterparts. How will Brad make his goal?

I believe that all students should have the opportunity to have access to higher education. I will work tirelessly to provide my students opportunities that they might not have known existed. Through hard work, via a student centered approach, I plan to provide the most informed, and best route available to college campuses for all my girls.

Ultimately, this is not a question of charter vs. public schools. Its about people like Brad helping all young people achieve their dreams, in this case, going to college. All those many in Brad’s wide circles–education, sports, faith–are rooting for him. When next season rolls around, I’ll report the results.

Brad and myself and the boys of summer

Actually, Brad reminded me if we get enough players (come by!), we are having two more games, this Sunday and Labor Day. Brad says he aims to end the season by launching one onto the roof of Twelve Corners Middle School. No problem. My “Bradley Shift” includes an outfielder positioned on the roof!

FOR THE FULL SERIES, SEE The Brighton Farmer’s Market is back. At the Game at the Corners, the boys and girls of summer hoping to play ball.

About The Author

dkramer3@naz.edu

Welcome to Talker of the Town! My name is David Kramer. I have a Ph.D in English and teach at Keuka College. I am a former and still active Fellow at the Nazareth College Center for Public History. Over the years, I have taught at Monroe Community College, the Rochester Institute of Technology and St. John Fisher College. I have published numerous Guest Essays, Letters, Book Reviews and Opinion pieces in The New York Times, Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the Buffalo News, the Rochester Patriot, the Providence Journal, the Providence Business News, the Brown Alumni Magazine, the New London Day, the Boston Herald, the Messenger Post Newspapers, the Wedge, the Empty Closet, and the CITY.  My poetry appears in The Criterion: An International Journal in English and Rundenalia and my academic writing in War, Literature and the Arts and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. Starting in February 2013, I wrote for three Democratic and Chronicle  blogs, "Make City Schools Better," "Unite Rochester," and the "Editorial Board." When my tenure at the D & C  ended, I wanted to continue conversations first begun there. And start new ones.  So we created this new space, Talker of the Town, where all are invited to join. I don’t like to say these posts are “mine.” Very few of them are the sole product of my sometimes overheated imagination. Instead, I call them partnerships and collaborations. Or as they say in education, “peer group work.” Talker of the Town might better be Talkers of the Town. The blog won’t thrive without your leads, text, pictures, ideas, facebook shares, tweets, comments and criticisms.

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