Not all gold medalists are Olympians. For the next few weeks, we honor those who go the extra mile in our community.
In week 3, we honor a married couple who mentor youth together.
About three months ago, Draper and wife, Kimberly, became mentors.
"My husband and I decided to do it together because we have a lot we can add to someone else's life," said Kimberly.
They went to Volunteers of America of North Louisiana and were introduced to 11-year-old Jeremy, and 10-year-old Serenity.
"It's a humbling experience to see the impact that you're making on the life of another person," said Draper.
For at least one hour each week, each pair gets together, doing anything from watching movies to riding go-karts.
"It's about having a friend and dropping those nuggets of wisdom and helping them be exposed to things," said Kimberly.
While it's all about having fun, the Wright's goal is to guide the kids to follow their dreams.
"He wants to be an attorney when he grows up," says Draper. "So I set up a meeting where he and I went and had dinner with an attorney, and we talked about what he needs to do to follow that path. If you can have that person who feels like a friend, and can give you direction, that's important."
Supervisor, Saundra Raines, values all the program's mentors, however, she says the couple takes it to the next level.
"They're accomplished in the community and they're really devoted to being mentors," said Raines. "They always do the weekly requirement, and we love mentors who take it seriously."
Which is why this week's Gold Medal Givers Award goes to volunteers Draper and Kimberly Wright.
Many say that they don't have the time to volunteer, but the Wrights say, if they can do it, anyone can.
Kimberly is a full time teacher and is currently working on her Doctorate.
It's definitely a busy week, but says mentoring allows her to get away and have some fun.
If you'd like to nominate a Gold Medal Giver, you can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you'd like more information about becoming a mentor through Volunteers of America of North Louisiana, go here: http://www.voanorthla.org/
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