Teenager Adam Hyland from Clondalkin is one of 50 inspirational teenagers who feature in bestselling author Margaret Rooke’s new book.
The book, entitled You can Change the World!: Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere, features the story of Adam (15), who cares for his father, Patrick.
Adam is a former Young Carer of the Year (2017) and is currently a Young Carers Ambassador for Family Carers Ireland.
He helps his mother every day to care for his father, who has suffered physical ill health and is now in the early stages of dementia.
Adam is one of 13,147 young carers under 25 years of age. In Ireland, 954 young carers provide 43 hours of care each week.
In the book, Adam talks to the author about being recognised as Ireland’s Young Carer of the Year and how carers should never give up.
The book tells the story of teenagers who don’t conform to people’s expectations in a society where celebrities, social media and appearance is becoming ever more important to many.
The book also aims to inspire other teens and share the stories of those who have taken less ordinary paths.
Author Margaret Rooke asks teenagers about their experiences of being volunteers, social entrepreneurs and campaigners, online and beyond.
They tell her how they have survived in the modern world by refusing to conform to other’s expectations.
If you want to achieve against the odds and create genuine impact, this book may be the encouragement you need.
The interviews cover race, sexuality, violence, grief, bullying and other issues that are central to modern life.
Family Carers Ireland provide supports for all family carers including young carers.
For further information on supports, see www.youngcarers.ie or contact Family Carers Irelands Young Carers office at 057 937 0208.
The book is widely available now in book shops nationwide.