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Training Audio Storytellers and Podcast Creators


Organization: FIXT POINT Arts & Media

Commitment: Short term (less than 6 months)

Availability: Evenings

Language Preference: English

Number of Positions Available: 24

Location: Virtual

Deadline: Dec 1, 2020


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

Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders age 18-30)

Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your community through the power of storytelling. In the midst of global upheaval, isolation, and the search for social, class, and racial justice, we are looking for volunteers to generate empathy-building dialogue through the collection of stories and interviews.

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.

Program details:
Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks, for a total of 144 hours.


Cohort 4: Completed
Cohort 5: January - April 2020
Cohort 6: January - April 2020
Ongoing until all positions are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.


This opportunity was made possible by Canada Service Corps.


Maddie Bautista


Volunteer Opportunity Address
1 Wiltshire Avenue, Unit 111


Good for people interested in: Entertainment; Arts, Crafts and Photography; Communications and Marketing

How will this volunteer opportunity benefit you?
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.

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.

How will the organization benefit?
About FIXT POINT’s previous work:
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).

About FIXT POINT Arts and Media:
FIXT POINT is a Toronto-based arts & media company with national reach. Our mandate is to inspire audiences and artists to imagine change, and our mission is to promote local culture and preserve local heritage through the telling of tales across multiple platforms. We endeavour to be leaders in public engagement, embedding training and outreach into our process of creation and dissemination. FIXT POINT was founded in 2006 and incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 2011.

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Organization category: Culture and recreation

Volunteer Considerations

Time it will take to contact applicants - Over 3 weeks