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.

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Arc of Yates Represented in Miss Penn Yan Pageant

  • 14 December 2017
  • Author: Tony Love
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Arc of Yates Represented in Miss Penn Yan Pageant

This year the Arc of Yates was represented by Lexi Strong in the Miss Penn Yan Pageant.  Lexi is the daughter of Lynn Strong, Occupational Therapist at Keuka Lake School, a program of the Arc of Yates. (pictured to the left)

The pageant, held during the village’s StarShine festival, highlights young high school women who contribute to their community.  Sponsored by local clubs and organizations, each nominee presents their vision of what they would do if they were in charge of Penn Yan for a day. The winner is announced at the StarShine celebration held in December.

The Arc of Yates was pleased to support this year’s pageant, and is grateful for the civic minded young adults in our community.  Congratulations to Lexi on her nomination, and thanks to Deb Fabris-Coon, Chief Education Administrator, for her support during the process.  

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