Officials with the Glendale YMCA recently signed a partnership agreement with the Artsakh YMCA making a commitment to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, according to local Y officials.
“This is a historic event for both YMCAs,” said Steve Bullock, board chair of the Glendale YMCA, in a statement.
Davit Melkumyan, founder of the Artsakh YMCA, traveled to Glendale for the signing.
"[We] look forward to collaborating in programs and sharing information in the years ahead,” Melkumyan said.
The local YMCA formed a special committee to assess whether a formal partnership with the Artsakh YMCA would be beneficial to both organizations and found it would be, according to local Y officials.
Artsakh is a de-facto independent, historically Armenian-populated region in the Caucasus, whose political status is disputed by Azerbaijan.