By Bria Brown

DETROIT (AP) — An academy for life skill development for youth through interest in motorsports is expanding into the Detroit area and has scheduled its inaugural program June 5-6 on the city’s Belle Isle.

NXG Youth Motorsports is to hold classroom and on-track activities in the paddock area of the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

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NXG (Nexgeneracers) and its programs feature science, technology, engineering and math. They create opportunities and experiences for youth through motorsports and focuses on minority students from underrepresented communities.

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It is an official partner with INDYCAR and Penske Entertainment through its Race for Equality and Change initiative in 2020.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has made a multi-year commitment to sponsor the program which introduces urban children to opportunities available in the industry. It has an academy of courses that uses performance driving as a tool for life skill development, the application of STEM concepts, interactions with INDYCAR personnel and racing teams, along with exposure to career options in racing.

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