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Two Jayhawks Launch a Finance Camp for Kids


The story of InvestX Camp begins a decade ago with two students rocking their Head-Royce spirit wear. “Catherine and I met in the first grade,” says Hayden T. ’23 (above right). Their friendship flourished when they realized they shared an interest in business––alongside basketball, soccer, and golf. 

“When we were eleven, we attended an investment camp together in New York City,” says Hayden T. ’23. “Each day, we put on our business clothes, visited the New York Stock Exchange, and met with bankers.”

Now rising juniors, the two thought back to their own camp experience and saw, in their peers and younger students, a continued need for “financial literacy” and “decision-making skills, as they pertain to the stock market and personal finance.” Over the past year, the two students watched and learned as their teachers adapted their classes to online and hybrid formats. With these newfound skills and tools––coupled with their strong, long-distance friendship––they knew they could run a virtual camp.  

“Working with Catherine to launch InvestX has been an incredible and enriching experience,” says Hayden. “We have worked for countless hours to shape a strong program for this summer.” 

Catherine R. ’23, who now attends the Middlesex School in Massachusetts, loves thinking about investing and stock research. Hayden T. ’23 prefers case studies and stock analysis. The two will team-teach each lesson. Their engaging curriculum, geared toward ages 10 to 13, has been vetted by their Board, which includes industry professionals like Anddria Clack-Rogers Varnado, Divisional President and GM for Kohler, who The San Francisco Business Times named one of the “Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business.” 

InvestX Camp is now enrolling students and no financial knowledge is required––simply curiosity. The camp also offers scholarships that cover its $300 cost and encourage all who are interested to apply. 

These two students prove women not only belong in finance, but are revising its story, making it a more inclusive, open industry.