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

Making strides: 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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