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Speakin' My Language: Amarillo Refugee State of the Union - This Tuesday

As we have all seen, it’s not easy keeping communities connected throughout a pandemic—especially when the groups with whom you work already have a possible language barrier and cultural differences that make socializing a challenge. Today on High Plains Morning, we talked to Ryan Pennington, the Executive Director of Refugee Language Project in Amarillo, TX. He’s presenting the first-ever Amarillo Refugee State of the Union on Tuesday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m. And since it’s a virtual presentation, everyone’s invited to attend.

Refugee communities are common across the High Plains, so this content will affect many towns across the HPPR listener region. Tuesday night, you’re welcome to log on and learn more about what’s been going on in the Amarillo area refugee community. In his presentation, Ryan hopes to offer an introduction to the many groups of people now living in the TX panhandle; an overview of how they’re currently being served by local organizations; feedback from the refugees as to how they’re getting along with the current services; recommendations on how the region can improve their interaction with these communities; and finally ask attendees if they have any questions, comments, or observations.

Click here for more information about this event; if you’d like to register, click this link. If you have questions, contact Ryan at 806.680.5570. He can also be reached via email.

To hear our full interview, click the link below.

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.