Odell Honors Patterson Teen for Outstanding Volunteerism

Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell recognized the efforts of 17-year-old Jasmine Rodulfo of Patterson, who completed more than 7,000 hours of volunteerism.

“A role model to us all, Jasmine has accomplished more in terms of volunteerism than most do in their entire lifetime,” said Odell, whose volunteerism was the foundation of her career in government. “Her leadership ability and desire to help others are traits that will take her far in life.”

This past spring, Rodulfo received the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement a Girl Scout can attain. Additionally, she received the Presidential Service Gold Award, a national award for those who commit their lives to serving others. Previously, the Brewster High School student earned her Bronze Award and Silver Award through Girl Scouts.

For Rodulfo’s Gold Award Project, she partnered with the ConKerr Cancer organization, to provide children at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital with colorful, bright and comforting pillowcases. Her dedication to thoroughly planning her project and putting it in effect brought insurmountable joy to numerous children with serious illnesses and injuries.

“Jasmine is truly an inspiration and her achievements display how Girl Scouts, like so many other local volunteer-based organizations, can assist young people in identifying their passions,” said Odell. “The mission of Girl Scouts is to help girls build the courage, confidence and strength needed to make the world a better place. Girl Scouts allows girls to discover where their talents lie and how they apply those talents to helping others”

The Rodulfo family moved to Patterson from the Bronx last year.

“I am thrilled that the Rodulfo family chose Putnam County as their new home,” said Odell. “As a community, we look forward to tracking Jasmine’s career and I would love to have her in our Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow program, also known as the county’s PILOT intern program.”

Rodulfo said that her mother Jessica taught her how to be a leader and inspired her to give back to the community.

“My mom has always encouraged me to do things for others through both her words and her own actions,” said Rodulfo. “When I started Girl Scouts 14 years ago, she was a parent volunteer. Then she became so involved that she became the membership manager for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. When we moved up to Patterson she stayed with Girl Scouts and became the community development manager for the Girl Scouts Heart of the Hudson.”

In her position, Jessica Rodulfo seeks volunteers, starts new troops and helps the Girl Scout community. She understands the impact that volunteerism has on a community and is proud of how Jasmine has devoted herself to making the world better.

“To see Jasmine, like her sister, receive all three awards is a huge accomplishment and I am very happy she invested as much time in this as I did.” She continued, “It is incredibly rare for a Girl Scout to receive all three awards, so I could not be more proud of my daughter.”

Jasmine Rodulfo’s accomplishments go beyond Girl Scouts. She has taken the stage in plays such as Les Miserable’s, Aladdin, The King and I and In the Heights. One of her dreams is to one day become an award-winning actress. Rodulfo expressed that she aspires to open a performing arts center for underprivileged children. In addition, she has posed as a cover model for Girl Scout Cookie Magazine.

Truly demonstrating beauty inside and out, Rodulfo currently reigns as Miss New York Teen 2015. In July, she will compete in the USA National Miss Scholarship Pageant in Disney World.

For more information about becoming a Girl Scout call Jessica Rodulfo at 914-747-3080 ext. 778 or visit girlscoutshh.org.

For more information about the USA National Miss competition visit USANationalMiss.com.

Photo Caption: Putnam County Executive MaryEllen Odell honored Jasmine Rodulfo, who has received many awards for her commitment to volunteerism and currently reigns as Miss New York Teen 2015.