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. All services at RISE are currently offered either in-person or virtually depending on an individuals comfort level.

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, CSSW and Saint A.

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, CSSW and Saint A.

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, Saint A 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, Independent Living Skills, RISE Up Group and Parenting Group.

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

Parent Advocacy

A Parent Advocate develops a one-on-one relationship with an individual to provide support, parenting and child development education, safe discipline strategies and assistance in identifying and accessing community supports. The interventions and services are focused on the youth’s needs and are guided by a treatment plan developed by the team working with the youth. Current partners are Saint A and CSSW.

Comprehensive Community Service (CCS) Offerings in Milwaukee and Dane Counties: Individual Skill Development, Psychoeducation, Individual and Family Psychotherapy.

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!

David Comer, BA

Program Supervisor

Kejuan Stewart

Team Lead, Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Kerry Eskra, LPC

Clinical Lead, Therapist & Group Facilitator

Katherine Tenney

Program Coordinator

Charles Bradford


Markeda Cain, APSW


Kate Carpenter, LMFT-IT


Christopher Johns

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Sheree Nelson, LPC


Jason Ploetz

Crisis Stabilizer & Mentor

Elizabeth Ware

Lead Parent Advocate