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Local YMCA signs partnership agreement with YMCA in Artsakh

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At the agreement signing between the Glendale YMCA and the Artsakh YMCA were, seated,from left, Steve Bullock, board chair of the Glendale YMCA, and Davit Melkumyan, founder of the Artsakh YMCA. Standing, from left, were Lt. Tigran Topadzhikyan, Elizabeth Manasserian, Lucy Varpetian, Nora Yacoubian, Levon Filian, Ani Simonian and George Saikali.
(Courtesy of the Glendale YMCA)

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.

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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.

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