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.


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About Christopher Stender

After working for three years as Assistant Chief Counsel for the San Diego District of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service, Christopher Stender launched a law partnership in 1993. Initially known as Stender & Larkin, the firm was renamed Stender & Associates, PC. Christopher Stender and his team of bilingual associates provide comprehensive immigration-related legal services, working with individuals held at Arizona’s detention centers and prisons in Eloy and Florence, as well as at California’s detention centers in El Centro, San Diego, and San Pedro. Christopher Stender assists in bond procurement and payment, visitation and hearing scheduling, and detainee transportation. He is known for taking tough cases, promoting novel legal theories, and getting positive results for his clients. He routinely appears before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the First, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. Prospective clients can read about the immigration process in both English and Spanish on his website. Christopher Stender spent his undergraduate years at the University of Würzburg, Germany, and the University at Buffalo, State University of New York. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1990 from the Syracuse University College of Law. An East Coast native who lived abroad for two years, Christopher Stender has traveled extensively throughout Europe. In addition to his native English, he speaks German and Spanish. He supports Grace Point Church, Homeless Outreach, Cesar Chavez Elementary School, Tijuana Schools Mission, and Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. He lives with his wife and four children in San Diego.

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