In this class, we will explore the causes and consequences of teen pregnancy through a sociological and literary lens. What role do institutions, schools, family, gender, and identity play in this issue? Where is there support for teen parents and how are they being let down? Holyoke, MA has repeatedly had the highest rate of teen pregnancy in the state of Massachusetts. How is the city of Holyoke addressing this issue? We will explore that question through "hands-on" service-learning projects with organizations that aim to improve the lives of teen parents. We will also analyze the literary techniques of writers who illuminate the experiences of teen parents in novels, plays, poetry and short stories. Works of literature may include: Conception by Kalisha Buckhanon, the play Independence by Lee Blessing, and the poetry of young mothers studying at the Care Center in Holyoke.