By: Marcus J. Hopkins
November 28th, 2023
The Appalachian Learning Initiative (APPLI, pronounced like "apply") has released its Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2023—APPLI's second full year in operation.
"APPLI has had an amazingly successful second year, " said Founder and Executive Director, Marcus J. Hopkins. "While we may not have met every goal we set for ourselves, I am exceedingly proud of the work we produced with an all-volunteer workforce."
Some highlights from APPLI's second year include:
The expansion of APPLI's Board of Directors to include Tasha Graves, AS, Audrey Peters, MA, and Kate Woodworth, MS;
The successful launch of APPLI's donation campaigns, resulting in over $9,500 in individual and corporate donations across APPLI's social media channels, website, and direct donation channels;
The creation and launch of the Appalachian Adult Education Directory—a first-of-its-kind searchable regional directory of over 115 adult education providers serving counties in the Appalachian Region;
The presentation and publication of APPLI's first major research paper—Adult Literacy Proficiency and Public Health in Appalachia—at the Appalachian Translational Research Network (ATRD) 2023 Annual Health Summit on the campus of West Virginia University, and;
The recommendation of 46 books by authors from or that are set in Appalachia across 8 seasonal and event-based reading lists.
The release of the Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report coincides with the launch of APPLI's end-of-year fundraising drive, which hopes to raise $500 to help cover the costs of software licenses and operational expenses.
You can make a donation using the form on this page or by visiting the Donate page on APPLI's website at:
You can read APPLI's Fiscal Year 2023 Annual Report by visiting the About page on APPLI's website at:
The Appalachian Learning Initiative is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in November 2021 that focuses on researching, reporting on, advocating for, and building solutions to address issues related to adult literacy, numeracy, health literacy, and equitable access to services in the 13-state, 423-county Appalachian Region. APPLI is based in Morgantown, WV, and can be found on the web at https://www.appli.org, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.