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) 719-5324 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

Arc of Yates Will Bid Farewell to President and CEO Daniele Lyman-Torres

Arc of Yates Will Bid Farewell to President and CEO Daniele Lyman-Torres

Arc of Yates will bid farewell to President and CEO Daniele Lyman-Torres. Daniele joined the Arc of Yates three years ago during a time of significant transition and growth for the local agency. Daniele will move on to time with family and engaging in other community pursuits. Lyman-Torres stated “I have been fortunate to work with such committed board members, staff and community members at the Arc. We have accomplished a number of great achievements together and there are many more opportunities ahead. The individuals served by the organization have benefited from all we have done, and as I move on, I will look forward to seeing those plans come to life.”

“The Board regrets Daniele’s departure and she will be greatly missed” notes Ann McMullen, Board of Directors.  “Her broad-based knowledge and expertise have been immensely helpful in leading the Arc of Yates through a changing and challenging environment.  She leaves us in a much stronger position to fully realize our mission to promote, protect, and support those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community.”

We note some of the significant accomplishments of her tenure:

·         Continuation and completion of flood recovery at 235 North Street, the agency’s primary site for day programs

·         Continuing the stabilization of the agency following merger exploration that resulted in the decision to remain independent.

·         Relocation and expansion of Keuka Lake School with the addition of much needed day care services for the broader community

·         Implementation of Yates Transit Services in collaboration with Yates County and other partners that utilized the agencies transportation fleet to provide all county residents with their first public transportation option

·         Spearheading and leading the region’s collaborative in the development of a care coordination model designed to fully comply with upcoming federal and state mandates for delivery of services to those we support.

·         Moving the agency forward in the use of upgraded technology designed to improve delivery of services, manage financial resources, and streamline internal communications.

·         Securing significant grant awards from private foundations that have allowed the agency to expand and improve delivery of services in an era of diminishing public funding

·         Spearheading a collaborative effort to develop an apartment complex that would be an inclusive living setting for those we support and that included obtaining public funding for the project.

·         With spirit and enthusiasm, she led the agency’s successful planning and implementation of an annual “Camp Week” program off site at a local camp.  Every member of the Arc community was able to experience the joys and outdoor adventures of camp life.

The Arc of Yates Board of Directors is considering multiple options for a President and CEO search. Lyman-Torres will be working in concert with the Board and community partners during the transition. The timeline for a new leadership selection will be completed in the summer. The Arc of Yates plans to celebrate Daniele’s accomplishments as a part of the transition.
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