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 hosts 2nd Annual Legacy Luncheon

Arc of Yates hosts 2nd Annual Legacy Luncheon

The Arc of Yates hosted its 2nd annual Legacy Luncheon on Friday, October 26th at La Cocina Mexican Grill in Penn Yan.  Employees were celebrated for their ongoing dedication and support of the Agency’s mission. Mary Mansfield, Executive VP and COO, remarked “In today’s workplace, long term employees are few and far between.  We appreciate the institutional knowledge and consistency that comes only with longevity.  We are very appreciative of these dedicated employees and will look to them to help us build an Agency where longevity is the norm.”

Attendees represented a total of number 90 years of service to the Agency.  Lori Wilson was honored for her 30 year tenure. 

The mission of the Arc of Yates is to empower individuals with developmental disabilities to lead self-directed, meaningful lives.  For more information about employment opportunities contact JoAnn Cuyle, People Department Director, at 315-536-7447 or via email at jcuyle@arcofyates.org.

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