We turn empathy into action.
We connect youth through video calls and other forms of media.
As humans, we learn best when we are passionate about certain subjects. It is easiest to become involved in world issues when we care about them personally. That is why through Break The Divide, students are given the opportunity to learn about others from a first-hand perspective and take action on issues facing communities.
Our main goals are to connect youth to foster empathy and to support youth-led initiatives in BTD Chapters.
HOW IT WORKS
- In July 2016, co-founder Abhayjeet Singh Sachal traveled to the Arctic through the Students on Ice Foundation. Upon returning from the expedition, he looked into the issue more. Inuit suicide rates are 11 times the national average. In general, Aboriginal communities suffer while the rest of Canada thrives. The personal connections he made during the expedition were all so strong that he realized he needed to do something about these issues affecting his new friends.
- After brainstorming possible solutions to the issue with his brother, Sukhmeet Singh Sachal, they came up with Break The Divide - an international network of students that would connect, communicate, and create change.
- Sukhmeet spent 6 months in 2017 working and living in Inuvik, NWT, 300 km above the Arctic Circle. To address one of the greatest issues affecting youth in Northern communities, mental health and the stigmas behind it, he created a connection for Break The Divide by inspiring students to start up the second ever chapter at East Three Secondary. The students had video calls with youth from Delta, BC.
- After these conversations, the team recognized the potential of these empathy-building activities. Arry Pandher then joined the team and helped expand BTD into schools across the country and created chapters across the world including Kaohsiung, Taiwan. In his role as Director of Operations, he worked with Chapter Directors at different schools, facilitated community action projects and managed BTD's vision and development.
Meet the Team
Abhayjeet Singh Sachal
Co-Founder & Executive Director
18, UofT Student, Pianist and Activist
Sukhmeet Singh Sachal
25, UBC Medical School Student
Director of Operations
18, UBC Student and National TD Scholar