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Reducing barriers and helping underserved kids thrive.

Executive. CEO. Athlete. Teacher. So many of our residents have developed exceptional skills over their lifetimes, which they are eager to share. Match them as coaches with underserved kids in our communities and everyone wins.

Our Watermark for Kids is a nonprofit organization founded by David Barnes, president of Watermark. His vision was simple: Harness the abundant skills and compassion of Watermark’s residents and associates, with a program that embraces them as coaches and mentors.

This innovative program helps underserved young people, ages 6–22, build character, strengthen their leadership skills, and express their creativity. By knocking down barriers to life-enhancing opportunities, kids can explore their passions and make a positive difference in the world.

  • Watermark for Kids has helped thousands of kids with $1.15 million in support awards for books, computers, travel expenses for academics and sports, racing wheelchairs, aquatic chair lifts, dental implants, musical instruments and lessons, dance classes, running shoes, and more.
  • Thrive! Classic Golf Tournament raised more than $168,000 in 2022.
  • Silent auction raised more than $22,000 in 2023.

Learn more about the program and how it's making an extraordinary impact.