Empathy Squad *VIRTUAL* Training Audio Storytellers and Podcast Creators
Volunteer Types: Arts, Crafts and Photography, Communications and Marketing, Heritage and Museums
Organization types: Arts, Culture and Heritage, Volunteer Centres/Bureaux
Short term (less than 6 months)
Application Deadline: December 8, 2022
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***Application Deadline Extended to December 8, 2022***

The Empathy Squad program trains and equips youth from across Canada to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories via interviews and the creation of podcast pieces.

Amplify voices, centre overlooked stories, and celebrate the unsung heroes in your community. You’ll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet new people from different walks of life, and collaborate with future leaders across the country. Come spark change, one story at a time.

Deadline to apply: December 8, 2022

Cohorts 13 & 14 will run January to March 2023.
10-12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total.
The training program is virtual, and open to applicants across Canada.
Fill out our application form or find the full program schedule at: https://www.fixtpoint.com/empathysquad-apply

The Empathy Squad program is made possible by the Canada Service Corps.

How will this opportunity benefit the volunteer?
Join over 100 youth volunteers who have completed the Empathy Squad and used podcasting to engage and amplify the voices of their communities across Canada! Through the Empathy Squad, you will: ✅ Acquire the knowledge and practical skills needed to produce high-quality audio stories - interviewing and recording techniques, narrative shaping, and audio-editing. ✅ Volunteer in service of your community, learn about what’s important to them through active listening and help foster empathy for their lived experiences; ✅ Experience hands-on learning alongside fellow future leaders and from industry professionals across the country. Other program details: * Meet and learn from our guest artists: Industry professionals who will come and talk about their work process and help you in yours! * Internet stipend: each member receives internet stipend for attending our Zoom sessions. * Provided meals: For selected longer Zoom sessions, food vouchers for delivery apps will be provided.
How will the organization benefit?
Join the growing cohorts of FUTURE LEADERS who have forged stronger connections with their chosen communities through art and volunteerism. Oral storytelling forges connections between people and ideas, makes information more accessible, and helps us understand the ties that bind us. Oral history nuances the stories of the past and present, helps us understand how communities experience history, and allows us to learn together on the path towards a shared future. The program is delivered virtually and provides opportunities for developing skills and artistic practice to capture and preserve community stories to be shared with present and future generations, as well as opportunities for improving your communication and self-expression skills! With over 70 podcast pieces created, you can listen to them here: https://soundcloud.com/fixtpoint/sets/empathy-squad-squadcasts
Volunteer location:
1 Wiltshire Ave. Unit 111 Toronto, ON


Meryl Ochoa
@FIXT POINT Arts & Media
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This position would be great for: Adults, Newcomers to Canada, Person with a disability or medical condition, Young Adults (19-24)
Number of Positions Available: 24
Good for people interested in: Arts, Crafts and Photography, Communications and Marketing, Heritage and Museums
You will be helping with: Animals, Athletes, Children (0-10 years), Disadvantaged, First Nations, Métis, Inuit, Indigenous persons, Homeless, LGBTQI2+, Men, Persons new to Canada, Persons with disabilities or medical conditions, Seniors, Visible minorities or racialized persons, Women, Youth (11-15 years), Youth (16-18 years), Youth (19-24 years)

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