Indian Princesses, Fostering Relationships between Father and Daughter
Christopher Stender, partner and immigration attorney at the law office of Stender & Lappin, PC, participates in numerous charitable activities and community service programs. Some of these include Mission Honduras and the Homeless Outreach Team. Christopher Stender has also been involved in the YMCA Indian Princess program.
Quality time is one of the greatest gifts a father can give to a daughter. The Indian Princess program works to foster lifelong bonds between fathers and daughters. Based on the goal of open communication, understanding, and companionship, the program encourages fathers and daughters to work together to accomplish goals and to derive satisfaction from physical challenges. Typical activities include camping, bowling, and ice-skating.
The YMCA Indian Guides program was developed in 1926 to support a father’s vital role as a mentor, counselor, and friend to his son. After World War II, the YMCA recognized the need for a similar girls’ group. A mother-daughter program, Indian Maidens, was established in 1951, and by 1954, the Indian Princess program was born. Today, the YMCA sponsors over 30,000 Indian parent-child groups in the United States.