What is iSpeak Now?

In the News: Thomasboro Academy Mock Trial

In the News:   "In Depth" television interviews with

Yolanda Trotman discussing iSpeak Now

We instill passion, pride, and confidence in children and young adults so that they recognize their future is limitless!

iSpeak Now's CEO, Yolanda Trotman, is a former District Court Judge who developed this idea from her time spent reading to kids. The  Secret Storyteller project  launched on September 28, 2018 at Lawrence Orr Elementay School with the help of Carolina Panther's wide receiver, Torrey Smith.  We are excited about his commitment to the school and the students!

iSpeak Now students featured

in "McFadden Around the Way" 

The Stakeholders

iSpeak Now  instills passion, pride, and confidence in children and young adults so that they recognize their future is limitless! We do this through the Mock Trial Experience (MTE), The Advanced MTE,  Nzuri,  iWrite, the Secret Storyteller project, iSpeak TV and the Jumpsuits to Suits Initiative.  We provide mutually positive and interactive learning environments for children and young adults.  


LIMITLESS 2021 will take place on Thursday, October 28, 2021 from 6:00pm-8:00pm

Seed 20 Competition

iSpeak Now was one of 20 non profits selected for the seed 20 pitch competition and performed exceptionally well in all aspects,

  • Committed elementary middle and high school students, teachers and administrators
  • Judges and Attorneys ​
  • Adult Volunteers 
  • Local Police Officers and Deputies
  • Local News Media
  • Local poets and musical artists

The Relaunch of Nzuri

Nzuri, which means beautiful in Swahili, is back this summer with an exceptional program for 8th grade girls! 

The Secret Storyteller Project

In the News:   iSpeak Now is a part of 2020 #Seed20 Class

It is important to us to be clear about what we do since the models for iSpeak Now are mobile!  We are committed to the growth and development of our young people through our interactive programs.  We need the following stakeholders to implement the models:


Mock Trial Alert!

Southwest Charlotte STEM Academy's  trial will be rescheduled for fall 2021 at the Mecklenburg County Courthouse

In the News: Advanced  Mock Trial Competition       

Why It Matters

​​iSpeak Now works with kids and young adults in Title I Schools or schools with high minority populations. We understand that it is often assumed that children will learn communication skills on their own and  without any formal training which is not true.   Moreover, listening and speaking make up as much as 75% of adult communication  but only represent 25% of the Common Core Standards.   We understand that we have to do a better job of teaching the development of public speaking skills, and to better develop listening skills, questioning skills, and critical thinking skills. 

Nzuri returns Fall 2021!