Empathy Squad *VIRTUAL* Audio Storytelling and Podcasting (Winter 2024)

Organization Details
Organization Name: FIXT POINT Arts & Media
Address: 1 Wiltshire Avenue, Unit 111
Toronto ON  M6N 2V7
Website: http://www.fixtpoint.com/
Organizational Description: 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.

Find out more at www.fixtpoint.com
Volunteer Opportunity Details
Volunteer Opportunity ID: 4882
Description of Duties:

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 an Empathy Squad volunteer, your experience will centre around gaining and practising skills in: Recording audio interviews with community members; using audio-editing software to put together podcast piece; engage in Zoom session containing live demonstrations, video training, speaking with guest artists; presenting created podcast piece to an audience.

Program Expectations:
-Have access to strong internet connection and a laptop available on which you can download and install: Slack (Mac OS / Windows OS), Descript (find system requirements here), 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.

Skills Required:

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!

Skills Gained/Related Careers:

As a participating volunteer, 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.

Age: 18-30
Time Commitment:
Remote Volunteering

Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment from January to March 2024. The Empathy Squad sessions, comprised of training, demonstrations, and listening and sharing, amongst other activities, range from 1 to 3 sessions a week. Find the full program schedule Winter cohorts here: https://www.fixtpoint.com/empathysquad-apply

Location of volunteer opportunity: Winnipeg
Does opportunity require a criminal record check? No
Does opportunity require a child abuse registry check? No
Opportunity is available to candidates that: Fulfilling volunteer hours for school credit
Are able to attend with a support person
Uses a mobility device
Organization will provide: Certificate of recognition
How to Apply: Online: forms.gle/AuLKShMnZqARZd4z6
Closing Date: Nov 10, 2023