Beginning in October, Pilipino American Unity for Progress, Inc. (UniPro) kicked off its Sustainability and Internal Operations of Pilipino American Organizations initiative (SIOPAO).

The initiative consists of a series of anonymous interviews conducted with founders/leaders of New York Filipino or Filipino-American community based organizations (CBO) that will ultimately assess the current state of Filipino-Americans in New York and address the challenges inhibiting the community.

“UniPro is so excited to conduct our first community-based participatory research study on the needs of the many Filipino-American organizations serving the community in NYC,” states recently elected President of UniPro, Kirklyn Escondo.

“We hope to engage in dialogue with community leaders about best practices and challenges to providing important health and human services to Filipino New Yorkers, and together find ways that community organizations can work collaboratively to address these challenges. We are excited to connect with and learn from the many passionate individuals who have dedicated their lives to the equity, dignity and visibility of the Filipino-American community in New York and across the nation.”

Community based organizations reflect the needs and challenges that identify with the Filipino-American community.

Throughout its eight-month study, the SIOPAO team will conduct interviews with CBOs in order to develop a standard model of how an organization grows and matures, identify the best practices to successfully operate and sustain a CBO, and determine achievable ways to promote collaboration among Filipino-American organizations.

Interviews will assist in gaining qualitative data regarding histories, narratives and communal consciousness.

Findings will be presented at an open community forum aimed for June 4, 2016.

If you are interested in contributing to the SIOPAO initiative or would like to be interviewed, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Pilipino American Unity for Progress (UniPro) is a New York City-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that envisions a unified and engaged Pilipino America.

Founded in 2009, UniPro’s mission is to engage Pilipino-Americans through a collaboration, advocacy and education.

It seeks to transform Pilipino students and young professionals into community leaders through its various programs, which incorporate professional development, history and policy through the lens of the Pilipino experience.

The organization allows Pilipino-Americans the opportunity to explore their place in the community in the hope of owning their niche.

Ultimately, UniPro asks Pilipino-Americans to critically answer, “How do you define Progress?”

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