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April Wilsey and her mentor Jan Parta have been matched since Wilsey was in fifth grade. She is now a senior, and hopes to become a mentor herself in the future. Connie Vandermay/Focus

Mentors help youth reach their goals

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April Wilsey was in fifth grade when she first met up with her mentor, Jan Parta, through Perham's Kinship program.

Now, seven years later, Wilsey is a senior at Perham High School, looking forward to prom, graduation and heading off to college.


"You have made some huge strides," Parta told Wilsey in a joint interview last week.

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