Book shows how teens can change the world

Teenager Adam Hyland from Clondalkin is one of fifty inspirational teenagers who feature in bestselling author Margaret Rooke’s new book.

The book, called ‘You can Change the World!: Everyday Teen Heroes Making a Difference Everywhere’ features the story of 15-year-old Adam Hyland who cares for his father Patrick.

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Presenters Mary Kennedy and Marty Whelan with Adam Hyland (16), from Clondalkin, Young Carer of the Year for 2017, and Catherine Cox, at the Family Carer of the Year launch in April.

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 so important.

The book aims to inspire other teens and share the stories of those who have taken less ordinary paths.

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