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Position: 2802 - 'Empathy Squad' Volunteer Audio Storytellers and Podcast Creators ('VIRTUAL' opportunity)
Organization: FIXT POINT Arts & Media
Position Address: Program is 'virtual' - volunteering from home
Location: Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Virtual
Accessibility: Unknown
Ideal for: Individual, Newcomers
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.

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.

PLEASE NOTE: The program is 'VIRTUAL', in view of COVID-19 'social distancing' requirements, and can be completed from the comfort of your own home. Screening of applicants will be 'virtual' (telephone/email/online - Skype, etc.) Program will START SEPTEMBER 7, 2020.

PLEASE APPLY AT THE EARLIEST OPPORTUNITY! (Application DEADLINE for the latest 'cohort' of volunteers is AUGUST 20, 2020, future deadlines TBA). Volunteers with 'profiles' in Volunteer MBC's 'Referral System' may 'click' the yellow box 'Apply Now!' (above/below) to gain immediate access to further details about the 'Empathy Squad' program and its online APPLICATION FORM, plus your name will be added to a list of 'Applicants'. OR visit our website (see 'Social Media', below) THANK YOU!

JOIN THE EMPATHY SQUAD! Gather Oral Histories to Foster Empathy and Build your Podcasting Skills.

To date 'FIXT POINT' has interviewed over 3,000 Canadians from every province and territory in almost 200 communities in our 'storymobiles' (mobile recording studio on wheels). We have aired dozens of audio stories on CBC (Fresh Air, Podcast Playlist, Holiday Programming etc..), edited and posted hundreds of oral histories on our storymap, recently produced two seasons of a TV/Web Series for TVOand most recently we were awarded Touring Artist of the Year from CAPACOA (Canadian Arts Presenting Association).

FIXT POINT's 'Empathy Squad' program/opportunity has been made possible by the Canada Service Corps.

We're busy recruiting volunteers for the 'Empathy Squad' to make a difference in their communities through the power of storytelling. In the midst of global upheaval, isolation, and the search for social, class, and racial justice, we NEED VOLUNTEERS to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories and interviews.

Participants will:
> Discover artful ways to volunteer in their community
> Learn interview and recording techniques, narrative shaping, and audio-editing skills
> Gain skills in community engagement through oral-history collection
> Enhance readiness for leadership roles and community participation
> Grow empathy from coast to coast through community-building dialogue
> Have an excellent opportunity to 'network' and build personal 'connectivity' within their local communities

Position Qualifications
● You're keen to 'connect' with your local community and gain its story through interviews of residents
● Age Range: 18 to 30
● You have basic computer skills, plus reliable ongoing access to the Internet by means of reliable devices
● You are ready, willing, and able to commit to the program schedule (see 'Time Commitment', below)
● Previous experience with audio NOT REQUIRED (we just need your eagerness to learn new skills!)

*** FIXT POINT will provide training for equipment use, recording software, and audio production software. We will also be providing access to equipment and software.

See 'Description' (above) for details as to how to apply.
Min Age: 18    Police Check: No

Time Commitment
Duration:Short Term (3 months or less)
Due Date:2020-08-20
Start Date:2020-09-07
End Date:2020-11-28
Monday Evening, Wednesday Evening, Saturday Evening
WEEKLY: Approximately 12 hours a week OVER 12 WEEKS (Specific dates/times are indicated at '')
First group starts September 7, 2020.
Application deadlines (see 'Description', above, for volunteer application procedures):
Cohort 4: August 20th, 2020
Cohort 5: TBA
Cohort 6: TBA
Ongoing until all positions are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged!

We will provide training for equipment use, recording software, and audio production software. We will also be providing access to equipment and software.
Training will be 'virtual' (online)

Area(s) of Interest: Communication/Journalism, Culture & Heritage, Audio & Visual Production
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