Beverly Yip was a creative pioneering leader and founder of the Union of Pan Asian Communities (1974). Her vision of bringing different cultures and generations together created a multi-program organization that continues to grow today.From its creation, Beverly Yip designed UPAC to meet the economic, social, psychological, and physical needs of San Diego’s Asian and Pacific Islander population. Today UPAC’s services have extended to help the diverse new immigrant population, serving over 50,000 people annually. Beverly Yip’s achievements can best be seen through the important role UPAC plays in the community.
The wide array of programs include Health Services, Economic Development, Youth Prevention Services, Senior Services, and Community Development. Within each field are several focused outreach programs, such as those addressing domestic violence, youth mentorship, healthcare access, and employment. Beverly’s compassion, strength, and vision formed a foundation for UPAC. Her compassion can be seen in the essential human care services offered to those in need. Her strength created an organization able to deal with changing health, social, and economic problems faced by San Diego’s immigrant populations. Her vision brought together various cultures and organizations to unify despite a diversifying population. Ten years after her death, Beverly’s envisioned goals have blossomed into the innovative and influential organization UPAC is today.