Today is the Day Changemakers

Clarity of Vision: The Story Behind Story Pirates with Benjamin Salka

March 08, 2023 Jodi Season 3 Episode 10
Today is the Day Changemakers
Clarity of Vision: The Story Behind Story Pirates with Benjamin Salka
Show Notes

Welcome to season 3, episode 10 of the Today is the Day Changemakers Podcast.

This week’s changemaker is an outstanding individual whom I am delighted to announce. Benjamin (Jamie) Salka, co-founder and CEO of Story Pirates, a media company geared towards providing children with a voice and sparking their passions for writing. He also serves as the co-founder of Story Pirates Changemakers, the not-for-profit arm of the organization. 

Jamie dove head-first into the project, promising that as CEO he would either catapult Story Pirates into greatness or “die trying”. It is clear that he has kept his promise, as the company has seen substantial success. He describes Story Pirates as a “magic trick” in which kids’ perspectives on writing are shifted from that of a chore they are being made to do into an opportunity for creativity. Salka puts an emphasis on the realization of children that their writing can have an impact on their peers and motivate them to create entertaining, humorous material. His goal with Story Pirates is to help children understand the true purpose of writing rather than view it as an assignment for a grade. Jamie explains that he has “never felt so much conviction” towards anything as he had for Story Pirates. His relentless hard work and remarkable dedication are ever- inspiring to those of all ages. 

Listen in to hear how Lin Manuel Miranda and Jon Stewart helped to expand the reach of Story Pirates. 

In the next episode you will learn more about the upcoming International Changemakers Forum that will take place on Thursday, March 23, 2023. For information, speakers, and panel topics go to Prior attendees have shared that the experience has been life-changing.

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