Fabiola was chosen to speak because of her impactful history around community schools. Since middle school, Fabiola Patricio has participated in UWABC’s partner programs.
“I was in a community school for middle school,” said Patricio, “the experience overall was great.” During her middle school years, her peers and school quickly recognized her natural leadership abilities when she worked with the Erwin Middle UWABC Community School coordinator to develop the “Welcome Warriors” groups. Her leadership and willingness to work with others were essential in the creation of the groups, which had students and parents who were new to Buncombe County partner with each other to create a more community-centric environment. From there, she served as a student leadership voice in her school’s Resource Team, which is a group of teachers, administrative staff, and community partners who meet at the Community Schools to discuss resources needed for students.