Volunteer Opportunity (Future Leaders age 18-30)

Volunteer for the Empathy Squad to make a difference in your city. Investigate and share ideas on connection and growing empathy in the GTA. Give a voice to untold stories and celebrate unsung heroes in your community. You'll have the chance to collect stories, learn podcasting skills, meet lots of new people, connect with your community and collaborate with future leaders across the city. Come spark change, one story at a time.

Participants will:

  • 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 in the city through community building dialogue

Program details:

Approximately 12 hours a week of commitment for 12 weeks total. First group starts April 27, 2019.

See full program schedule below

About FiXT POiNT’s previous work:

To date we've interviewed over 3000 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).

What to bring?

  1. You must bring your own laptop for which you have administrative permissions.

  2. Bring your own power cord

  3. If selected to participate, you may be required to download some free software. Detailed instructions will be emailed to successful applicants.


To apply, please fill out the application below.

Application deadlines:

Cohort 1: March 26th 2019

Cohort 2 & 3: Ongoing until all positions are filled. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

For questions, please contact

Testimonials from Previous Workshop Participants

“It made me unearth a part of me. I didn’t know that I would like interviewing others so much. I felt that my eyes were opened on something new about myself.”
— Zawadi Bunzigiye
“I interviewed people within and close to my neighbourhood, people I would usually just say a simple ‘hi and bye’ to, but now I feel more connected to them because I know their immigration and community stories.”
— C. Melvina Nwanna
I have come to value the voice and stories of strangers and loved ones in a way I had not seen or heard before. Listening to people, as well as making art out of their stories is powerful and transformative, both for the storygathering artist and the people they are including.
— Maddie Bautista


Group # 1

Week 1
Saturday April 27 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday April 28 (10am - 4pm)

Week 2
Saturday May 4 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday May 5 (10am - 4pm)

Week 3
Wednesday May 8 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 4
Wednesday May 15 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 5
Saturday May 25 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday May 26 (10am - 4pm)

Week 6
Wednesday May 29 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 7
Wednesday June 5 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 8
Saturday June 15 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday June 16 (10am - 4pm)

Week 9
Wednesday June 19 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 10
Wednesday June 26 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 11
Saturday July 6 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday July 7 (10am - 4pm)

Week 12
Saturday July 13 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday July 14th (10am - 4pm)

Group #2

Week 1  
Saturday July 20 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday July 21 (10am - 4pm)

Week 2
Saturday July 27 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday July 28 (10am - 4pm)

Week 3
Wednesday July 31 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 4
Wednesday Aug. 7 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 5
Saturday August 17 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday August 18 (10am - 4pm)

Week 6
Wednesday Aug. 21 (6pm - 9pm)  

Week 7
Wednesday Aug. 28 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 8
Saturday Sept. 7 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Sept. 8 (10am - 4pm)

Week 9
Wednesday Sept. 11 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 10
Wednesday Sept. 18 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 11
Saturday Sept. 28 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Sept. 29 (10am - 4pm)

Week 12
Saturday Oct. 5 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Oct. 6 (10am - 4pm)

Group #3

Week 1
Saturday Oct. 19 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Oct. 20 (10am - 4pm)

Week 2  
Saturday Oct. 26 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Oct. 27 (10am - 4pm)

Week 3
Wednesday Oct. 30 (6pm - 9pm)  

Week 4
Wednesday Nov. 6 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 5
Saturday Nov. 16 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Nov. 17 (10am - 4pm)

Week 6
Wednesday Nov. 20 (10am - 4pm)

Week 7
Wednesday Nov. 27 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 8
Saturday Dec. 14 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Dec. 15 (10am - 4pm)

Week 9
Wednesday Dec. 18 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 10
Wednesday Jan. 8 (6pm - 9pm)

Week 11
Saturday Jan. 18 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Jan. 19 (10am - 4pm)

Week 12
Saturday Jan. 25 (10am - 4pm)
Sunday Jan. 26 (10am - 4pm)

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