About Us

RISE Youth & Family Services was created with the vision to assist individuals in finding their strengths and teaching them how to best use those strengths to reach their goals. We view education as the most important step in personal growth for both our staff and for the individuals we serve.

RISE Youth & Family Services Mission

Fostering Resilience, Independence, Safety and Education in individuals and families.


Mentoring has been identified as one of the most effective strategies at increasing the high school graduation rate, decreasing teen pregnancy and reducing recidivism rates for criminal behavior. At RISE we provide mentoring at a statewide level. Current partners include, but are not limited to,  Dane County Wraparound, Children’s Court Services and CSSW.

Crisis Stabilization

Crisis stabilization is a one-on-one service designed to assist and support individuals when they are at their most vulnerable. This service also focuses on preventing youth from escalating into crisis by reinforcing and/or teaching effective coping skills and identifying supports within the family or community. At RISE we provide crisis stabilization at a statewide level. Current partners include, but are not limited to, Dane County Wraparound and CSSW.

Outpatient and In-Home Therapy

RISE provides mental health therapy at a statewide level. Current partners include, but are not limited to, Wraparound Milwaukee, Wraparound Dane County, Children’s Court Services, CSSW as well as other insurance providers to provide mental health services in the home, in the community or in an office setting. At RISE we also offer mental health services with those who have limited access to insurance by offering sliding fee scales.

Group Therapy

Groups offered at RISE include youth groups on Healthy Relationships, Anger Management, Self-Awareness and Independent Living Skills.

Training & Professional Development

RISE offers training opportunities to agencies and other community partners serving youth and families. See below for details about trainings and consultation services which are currently offered.

Trainings & Consultations Offered

Clinical Consultation

Sara Newman, LCSW has spent the past 20 years working with youth and families in Milwaukee. As Founder and CEO of RISE Youth & Family Services she continues on her journey of serving those in Milwaukee and other communities. In addition to leading the RISE Team, she continues her direct practice as a therapist, a trainer and through her work as a clinical consultant.

Meet the Rest of Our Team!

Sir'G Albritton

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

David Comer


Robert Collier

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Kerry Eskra, LPC-IT


Abraham Gonzalez

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Yusef Gray

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Melinda Grulke, LPC-IT


Nastassia Jackson, LPC-IT


Alonzo Kelly

Organizational Development Manager & Mentor

Shane Latham, LPC


Nicole Nelson

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

James Reed

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Kejuan Stewart

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Andrea Valerio

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Reneca Zollicoffer


Amanda Buschmann


Who you want to be, where you want to be, and what you want when you get there may require you to give up who you currently are, what you currently hold on to, and whatever current situation has you dreaming of something new.

How badly do you want it? ~ Alonzo Kelly