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Position # 2492
OrganizationFIXT POINT Arts & Media
Position FIXT POINT *VIRTUAL* Audio Storytelling & Podcasting Participants - Empathy Squad Training for Audio Storytellers and Podcast Creators (Training - Winter 2024)
Impact Statement The Empathy Squad is a hands-on, experiential-service-learning opportunity for diverse youth from across Canada aimed at creating meaningful connections and increasing understanding of one another through public engagement, facilitated conversations, active listening and presentation, aimed at capturing and preserving our country's collective community memory for generations to come.

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 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!
Description 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 and interviews and the creation of podcasts.

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

As a participant, you will:
-Acquire the knowledge and practical skills needed to produce high-quality audio stories: interviewing and recording techniques, audio-editing, narrative shaping, and sound design;
-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.
Training Details The Empathy Squad is delivered completely virtually and 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!
Working Conditions Participating volunteers are expected to:
-Have access to strong internet connection and a laptop available on which you can download and install: Slack, Descript, Google Chrome, Zoom;
-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.
Minimum Duration 3 months or less
Timing Weekday - Evening, Weekend - Evening
Time Detail Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 10 weeks.

The Empathy Squad sessions, comprised of training, demonstrations, and listening and sharing, amongst other activities, range from 1 to 3 sessions a week. 

Cohorts 15 & 16 will run simultaneously from October to December 2023.
Deadline to apply for Cohorts 15 & 16: September 1, 2023.
Cohorts 17 & 18 will run simultaneously from January to March 2024. Applications for Cohorts 17 & 18 will remain open until further notice, so early applications are strongly encouraged!

Open to applicants across Canada.
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Age 18+
Ideal for An Individual
Area(s) of Interest Arts/Culture, Communication/Public Relations, Heritage/Museum
Skill(s) Cultural Awareness/Sensitivity, Interpersonal Communication, Computer Skills, Creative Thinking, Empathy
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Contact Meryl Ochoa
Address 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Unit 111 Toronto, M6N 2V7
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