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Weathering Many Storms, Kids Still Trying to Make World a Better Place

Written by Lawrence Brown | Special to the Times

Lawrence Brown is a columnist for the Cape Cod Times. Email him at column response@

For over 20 years, teens from across the Cape have been meeting each fall and spring to discuss issues ranging from human rights to community service, and generally improving the environment of the schools they attend. This was originally the brainchild of the Barnstable County Human Rights Advisory Committee and it’s called the Human Rights Academy. I was one of the faculty cofounders over 20 years ago and have not missed a meeting since.  I am at this point an O.F.E. (Old Fart Emeritus) and the torch has long since passed to the next generation of teachers and mentors.

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