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

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.  Board Chair Michele Howland noted "We are fortunate to bring Mr. Connely into the Arc of Yates community.  Our agreement with the Arc of Seneca Cayuga to share his vision and leadership is an ideal strategy to strengthen and broaden the scope of services we provide. "

 

Connely began his professional career in the international business arena where he held senior management roles for the Amway Corporation.  Having worked in over 20 countries, upon his return to the states Connely began his own company, supplying quality assurance inspection services to the automotive industry.  Prior to his current role he served as the Executive Vice President of Keystone Independence Management, a Pennsylvania based non-profit organization that offers management and leadership services to non-profit organizations.  While at Keystone he consistently demonstrated the ability to ensure sustainability of non-profit organizations as well as providing jobs for the people they support.  During his tenure at Arc of Seneca Cayuga he has proven to be a dynamic, innovative leader who demonstrates compassion for the individuals served by the Agency. 

 

As Executive Director, Mr. Connely will oversee 175+ employees who are committed to providing opportunities to persons with intellectual and development disabilities.  “I am very excited about being part of the Arc of Yates.  I look forward to getting to know everyone at the Arc and in the community” noted Connely.  The Board of Directors is confident that together with its dedicated staff, Mr. Connely will maintain and grow the excellence of the Agency’s service offerings.

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