DRIVE (Diversity, Responsibility, Inclusion, Vision, and Experiential-learning) is a collaboration between the Arc of Yates, Dundee Central School District, and Keuka College. This program is a highly individualized education program for individuals with developmental disabilities to continue their education after high school in a collegiate environment.

The DRIVE program focuses on creating a unique and age-appropriate educational experience that nurtures student's social and academic growth. Students are given access to a myriad of experiential learning opportunities through service learning, work study, mentoring, and internships.

Students are guests in at least one Keuka College class each semester and enjoy privileges similar to those of Keuka College students. Keuka College students serve as peer mentors for DRIVE students, assisting them to become fully integrated into the college community.

While participating in Keuka College classes, DRIVE students are also enrolled in courses taught by educators from the Arc of Yates and Dundee Central School District. Students are offered these additional core curriculum and life skills classes to complement Keuka College courses.

While enrolled in the DRIVE program, students are encouraged to participate in vocational training, volunteerism, and/or extracurricular activities both on-campus and in the community.

DRIVE has been recognized by the New York State Department of Education as an effective practice in transition programming for young adults with intellectual disabilities. The program has also received recognition from former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative University for DRIVE's commitment to post-secondary education for students with disabilities.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the DRIVE program, please contact us at (315) 536-7447 or 
contact us for more information.  


DRIVE Field Period at Cumming Nature Center 2018

DRIVE Field Period at Cumming Nature Center

During the month of January the DRIVE  students completed their Field Period at Cumming Nature Center.  The students participated in outdoor activities, completed service and maintenance projects at the center, and built items in the woodworking shop.

Recent News

DSP Week

DSP Week
During the week of September 10th, the Arc of Yates joined other organizations across the country in celebrating Direct Support Professionals (DSP) week.

Employment Bonuses

  • 15 August 2018
  • Author: Tony Love
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Employment Bonuses
We have extended the new employee sign-on bonus program for our Residential program...

Keuka Lake School Receives Playground Grant

Keuka Lake School Receives Playground Grant
Keuka Lake School, a division of the Arc of Yates, received a grant in the amount of $3,038 from the Rochester Area Community Foundation that allowed for the purchase of developmentally appropriate outdoor play equipment for children ages 3 and under. 

Arc of Yates Welcomes Executive Director

Arc of Yates Welcomes Executive Director
The Arc of Yates Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the Agency has entered into an agreement with Arc of Seneca Cayuga for the services of Executive Director, Mr. Allen Connely effective August 7th.

Newsletter for Arc of Yates Programs

  • 25 July 2018
  • Author: Tony Love
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Newsletter for Arc of Yates Programs
The various programs at the Arc of Yates have published the first of many quarterly newsletters with updates about our programs and services...
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