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Position # 2323
OrganizationFIXT POINT Arts & Media
Position Empathy Squad *VIRTUAL* Training Audio Storytellers and Podcast Creators by Fixt Point Arts and Media - Empathy Squad
Location 1 Wiltshire Avenue unit 111, Toronto, ON, Canada
Impact Statement To date, we've interviewed over 3,000 Canadians from every province and territory in almost 200 communities in our storymobiles (mobile recording studio on wheels); edited and posted hundreds of oral histories on our storymap; produced two seasons of a TV/web series for TVO; and, most recently, we were awarded Touring Artist of the Year from the Canadian Arts Presenting Association (CAPACOA).

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.

Past Empathy Squad participants felt they became more connected with the communities from which they gathered stories and that they left a positive contribution to these communities.
Description ***Application Deadline Extended to December 8, 2022***

The Empathy Squad program trains and equips youth aged 18 to 30 years from across Canada to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories via interviews and the creation of podcast pieces.

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!

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:
Training Details The Empathy Squad is designed for individuals with varying backgrounds and prior experience in interviewing, audio recording, audio editing, narrative shaping, and podcast creation. This program will equip you with these skills through which you will learn side-by-side your peers and from facilitators and industry professionals from all over 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.
Working Conditions Program details:
Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total.
The training program is virtual, and open to applicants across Canada.
See full program schedule (

Program Expectations:

attend scheduled Zoom sessions that consist of live demonstrations, instructional videos and feedback sharing from facilitators, Guest Artists and peers;
apply learnings by conducting interviews, using audio recording equipment, and completing assignments using audio-editing software, Descript;
engage with facilitators and peers using program communication platforms (Slack, Zoom, provided Empathy Squad email address);
commit 10-12 hours a week, including scheduled Zoom sessions and work in your own time.

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:
Minimum Duration 3 months or less
Timing Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Evening
Time Detail Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total.
Sessions in evenings in Eastern Standard Time.
The training program is virtual, and open to applicants across Canada.
See full program schedule (
Age 18+
Ideal for An Individual, ESL
Accessibility Accessible work space, Support Newcomers and ESL
Area(s) of Interest Arts/Culture, Communication/Public Relations, Technology, Heritage/Museum
Skill(s) Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity, Interpersonal Communication, Community Knowledge/Awareness, Creative Thinking, Empathy
How to Apply
Application Link:
Application File:
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Contact Meryl Ochoa
Address 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Unit 111 Toronto, M6N 2V7
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