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 & Skill Building

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.

Applied improvisation is facilitated by a therapist to improve emotional regulation, social skills and self-awareness in participants while at the same time allowing for a safe space to build self-confidence.

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!

Jason Ploetz, BA

Assistant Supervisor

Kerry Eskra, LPC

Clinic Administrator & Lead Therapist

Erica Brady

Family Coach and Mentor

Stephanie Amerpohl

Mentor & Family Coach

Dave Bent

Mentor & Family Coach

Nicole Coleman

Family Coach & Crisis Stabilizer

Cheree Epperson, LPC-IT

Therapist & Mentor

Haley Feller, BA

Therapy Intern & Mentor

Marilin Perez

Clinical Intern

Shekita Murry

Mentor & Crisis Stabilizer

Braeden Newman

Compliance Specialist, Outreach Coordinator & Mentor

Madeleine Newman

Quality Assurance Specialist

Charles Grant

Mentor & Family Coach

Luis Hernandez

Mentor & Crisis Stabilizer

Leah Kerkman, BA

Program Coordinator

Shellie Sutter

Administrative Liaison

Ezra Quint

Clinical Intern

Ashlee Bishop

Mentor & Crisis Stabilizer

In this episode of The 411 Live, host Beverly Taylor is joined by Sara Newman, the visionary owner of RISE Youth and Family Services and Founder of Project Mosaic, and Ebony Reaves, who is being coached by Sara. They discuss the pivotal role of self-care and mental health in achieving success in various aspects of life and the importance of encouragement, setting boundaries, and having someone to listen. The conversation delves into breaking generational cycles and curses by focusing on mental health and emotional well-being and a commitment to preventing the passing down of negative patterns to their children. This episode provides valuable advice and encouragement, urging viewers and listeners to prioritize mental health and take advantage of available resources for personal growth.