Join our Team!

We’ve got lots of exciting opportunities opening up here at Story Planet. Whether you’d like to join our new Research and Outreach Team and help us find opportunities to work with budding writers, help our social media captain get the word out, or join us when we stop by SickKids Hospital on Wednesday, June 8 and Tuesday, June 21, we’d love to hear from you! We’ve listed some of the ways you can get involved down below, but if you’d rather do something else, check back soon! We’ll be blasting lots of updates and opportunities in the coming months!

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Join our Social Media Team!
Story Planet is looking for a volunteer Social Media Support System to work in tandem with our Social Media Expert, Cindy, to create and upload content for our social media sites. This includes writing blog spots for our website, helping to manage our Instagram and Twitter accounts, and updating our Facebook page about current projects and events. Prior experience working with different social media platforms and the ability to engage different audiences an asset. If this sounds like you or someone you know, then email us as soon as possible!

WHEN: ASAP
WHERE: From the comfort of your own headquarters

Story Planet Book Designer
Our alien team is looking for an artist to help us redesign the layout of Story Planet’s books. We are looking for an individual with prior experience with book design and layout to rework the books published at the end of our famous Storymaker Workshops. Times are flexible. Please email us if interested!

WHEN: ASAP
WHERE: TBA 

Our New Story Planet Research and Outreach Team
We’re looking to recruit some earthlings to join our new Research and Outreach Team. Now that we are no longer operating from our physical hub on Bloor, we will need a group of talented assistants to help us locate and research schools, communities and artists/writers around the city. In our attempts to diversify our audience and the people that we work with, the team will help us get a sense of what Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) will most benefit from our programs. Additionally, we are also looking for graphic designers and artists to help us create Story Planet brochures and to do some outreach for us throughout June and July. Email us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca if this opportunity interests you!

WHEN: Ongoing starting June
WHERE: TBA

And as a reminder…
We are requesting that all people interested in volunteering with our Storymakers Workshops, starting in September, to please bring in the original copy of your police record clearance to our head office at Story Planet. This is a strict requirement from the Toronto District School Board in order for our volunteers to enter classrooms. You can drop off your original copy with Michelle any Monday throughout the month of June. Please email any other times you can come in. Please note: without an original copy, you will unable to join us in our incredible workshops. Thank you!

Story Planet at SickKids and a New Way to Get Involved with Story Planet

We’re so looking forward to our visit at SickKids Hospital on Tuesday, June 21. Thanks to the funding we recently received from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we’ll be going there to spread the love and thrill of storytelling to blooming storytellers and artists. But we want to do so much more..!

Our New Story Planet Research and Outreach Team
We’re looking to recruit some earthlings to join our new Research and Outreach Team. Now that we are no longer operating from our physical hub on Bloor, we will need a group of talented assistants to help us locate and research schools, communities and artists/writers around the city. In our attempts to diversify our audience and the people that we work with, the team will help us get a sense of what Neighbourhood Improvement Areas (NIAs) will most benefit from our programs. Additionally, we are also looking for graphic designers and artists to help us create Story Planet brochures and to do some outreach for us throughout June and July. Email us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca if this opportunity interests you!

Volunteering Opportunities with Story Planet and a Book Giveaway

We’d like to send a big thank you to the Ontario Trillium Foundation and everyone else who’s been helping out with our upcoming transition to mobile. Your support means the world to us!

But while we may be closing our physical space soon, we’ve still got lots of opportunities for volunteers to help with workshops. If you’d like to help, click here or email volunteer@storyplanet.ca to get your application started. But please note that the Toronto District School Board requires all of our volunteers to submit an original copy of their vulnerable sector screening (police check) at a cost of $15.

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Book Giveaway

Do you have a connection to a church in your community? We’re giving away 14 copies of In the Days of Sand and Stars by Marlee Pinsker and a few other biblical stories to one lucky individual and their church or classroom. Email us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to arrange a specific time for pick-up.

Thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Our Upcoming Fire Sale, and a Volunteering Opportunity

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Intergalactic Space Party! We had a lot of fun celebrating the next phase of Story Planet with our friends, volunteers and community members.

We are also extremely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting Story Planet for the next 3 years. It is because of their continued funding and the support of our community that we can continue doing what we love and provide innovative and enriching programming to the citizens of Earth. Thank you!

Big Sale!
If you weren’t able to come out to our Intergalactic Space Party to shop our sale, you’ll have another chance on May 14. Come by any time between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and shop for chairs, tables, books, and more. Many items are priced at around $5 but many will be available for pay-what-you-can donation. Don’t miss this unbelievable sale!

Volunteer During an App Testing Workshop
During the week of May 17, Story Planet will be jetting off to schools around Toronto to test out exciting and new apps with students in grades 2 and 3. If you are free that week during the day, please email us at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to let us know as soon as possible so we can arrange when you might be able to help run some workshops. Specific school, dates, and times will be announced soon.

An Important Update about our Intergalactic Space Party!

DSC_0243The party date is fast approaching, and has changed! Mark your calendars, this party will take place on Friday, April 29th, 2016 from 7pm – 11pm.

We would also like to add that as much as we would love to read minds, and know your favourite drinks, we may not supply everything you desire.  We will have a very limited supply of wine and beer in exchange for a small donation.  We encourage you to BYOB, in other words, bring your own booze!

Also, bring your loonies and toonies for our very special Story Planet Live Auction at 8:30pm Bid on hidden Story Planet Gems, ranging from an anonymous book to a broken space clock (because time is a flat circle). We will also have a raffle featuring Nokia Phones, cookbooks, AND MORE! It is sure to be a blast!

Story Planet is Going Mobile

Friends of Story Planet, we have exciting news! Our cosmic prayers have been answered and Story Planet has received a much needed grant! However, as of Saturday, April 30th we are closing our physical space and going mobile. From June on we’ll be taking our Storymaker workshops to schools all over the GTA. Stay tuned for more developments. In the meantime, check out how you can get involved with our move!

Help Us Clean Our Space!

cleanupWe’re looking for volunteers to help us organize, package, and deliver items from Story Planet on Wednesday, April 20th and Thursday, April 21st. If you can’t come in to help us physically clean and organize our space, we are also looking for people who have access to a vehicle who can transport our treasures to other charities and communities. Times are flexible. Contact volunteer@storyplanet.ca for more information and to arrange a time to come in. Also, if you know of any organizations who could benefit from art supplies and other space matter, please let us know.

Shop Our Space Debris Sale!
Story Planet is hosting a one-of-a-kind space debris sale from April 20-30! We’ve got desks and chairs used by some of the most creative minds to have ever graced our world, cabinets to hold all those colouring books you purchased from our Adult Colouring and Wine Night, and more! Pictures and details coming soon. Email Liz at liz@storyplanet.ca for specific inquiries.

Come to Our Intergalactic Space Party!
We’re hosting the space party of the millennium in our space on Thursday, April 28 from 7-11 to celebrate all our wonderful friends, volunteers, and people of our beloved community and thank you for all you have done to support us in our space. From all the mentors in the Lift Off After School Program, to the hustling life forms that frequented our Story Planet Intergalactic Cafe, you are the reason why our mission is able to keep on going. Weather permitting, we plan to open up our space deck to enjoy a beautiful night under the stars for our brightest stars…YOU!

More details to follow. All are welcomed!

Our Upcoming ’80s-Themed Adult Colouring and Wine Night and a Call Out for Volunteers during Authorfest

Crafty space explorers! There are still a few spaces available for the ’80s Night edition of our Adult Colouring and Wine this Thursday. Follow this link to get your tickets before they sell out!

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Authorfest
Volunteers! Over the next three days, we’re hosting 10 Storymaker Workshops at schools around Toronto. With the guidance of a facilitator, we will work with kids to brainstorm and write original stories, all while an artist brings their creations to life on paper. Here is the list of all locations and times of our Storymaker Workshops. Email us to sign up for one, two, or all!

 

Tuesday, April 12th: Perth Avenue Junior Public School from 9:45am-10:45am and 10:45am-11:45am

 

Wednesday, April 13th: Keele Street Junior Public School from 9:45am-10:45am and 10:45am-11:45am ; Fern Avenue Junior and Senior Public School from 12:45pm-1:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm

 

Thursday, April 14th: Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School from 9:45am-10:45am and 10:45am-11:45am ; Brock Public School from 12:45pm-1:45pm and 1:45pm-2:45pm

Our Upcoming SP Afterlight Book Club Meeting and 80’s-Themed Adult Colouring and Wine Event

Hey space explorers, we’ve got lots of fun workshops coming up. If you’d like to help out during one or all of our upcoming events, email Michelle at volunteer@storyplanet.ca to find out how you can get involved!

Story Planet Afterlight Book Club

katie_reviewThis Wednesday night, our Story Planet Afterlight Book Club will be meeting to discuss The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. A thrilling tale about a one-night-only circus performance with a whole lot of mystery behind it, this is sure to be a fun book club meeting.

Can’t make it to this one? Check out our Meetup page to find out what we’ll be reading next. Everyone’s welcome to join us. We just ask that you pay what you can to help cover the Meetup costs. Happy reading!

Adult Colouring and Wine: 80’s Night!
Are you nostalgic for the days of The Breakfast Club? Feel like reminiscing about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles while rocking out to Michael Jackson? We have a fun night of colouring for you! For all creative fun-seekers or anyone looking for a different night out, we are going to play and let loose using some art and colour therapy!

We’ll have wine, beer, coffee and snacks, and crayons available. Click here to find out more and buy tickets to this totally righteous event!

The Toronto Storytelling Festival and Our Upcoming Story Planet Storymaker Workshop

As you may have heard, we’ve had to scale back operations a little bit due to lack of funding, but we’ve still got lots of fun events coming up in the next few weeks!

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The Toronto Storytelling Festival
Story Planet will be hosting two workshops at The Toronto Storytelling Festival happening on April 9 and 10! During the first storytelling workshop happening both days from 1:30-2:15pm at the Marilyn Brewer Community Space, participants will learn, develop, and perform an oral storytelling piece.

During the second Storymaker Remix workshop (on both days from 2:30-3:30pm, also at the Marilyn Brewer Community Space), kids will create one super unique story along with an artist who will be drawing along with them.

Both workshops are open to all ages of students. Click here to find out more about the Toronto Storytelling Festival!

Story Planet Storymaker Workshop
On Thursday, April 7th from 10am-12pm Story Planet will be hosting a Storymaker Workshop for participants in grade 5. With the guidance of a facilitator, participants will create a story as a group and then independently write their own ending. Children can also see their story come to life through the illustrations of one of our artists!

A Special Announcement from our Alien Chieftess

Dear friends of Story Planet,

As we navigate the ups and downs of the funding landscape we have decided to look at the model we currently have and adapt it. While our social enterprise (formerly known as the ITA) has been an amazing community hub, it has not been financially viable. We have let the espresso machine go and are operating it, for the next little while, as a pay-what-you-can, serve-yourself community lounge. We’ve been surprised by the incredibly warm reception to this slightly kooky idea!

Lift Off, our after school program, continues through to the end of this term, April 14th. Storymakers will continue as funding allows. We will decide at the end of April whether to keep the doors to the space open, or move to a more nimble operation where we continue to do workshops in schools and community centres but not in our own space.

If you have any questions, please send an email to me, Liz, at liz@storyplanet.ca

The winds of Jupiter are blowing in an interesting way!

Yours in story,
Liz