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
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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...

DRIVE Hosts Open House

  • 8 December 2017
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DRIVE Hosts Open House

On Wednesday December 6th the DRIVE Program hosted an Open House at Hegeman Hall on the campus of Keuka College. Guests enjoyed refreshments while viewing the displays designed by each class depicting the work accomplished for the semester...

Arc of Yates Receives Grant from Nord Family Foundation

  • 15 November 2017
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Arc of Yates Receives Grant from Nord Family Foundation

Keuka Lake School, a program of the Arc of Yates, was awarded a grant in the amount of $33,000 from the Nord Family Foundation to support the ever increasing demand for Early Intervention and Universal Prekindergarten and Daycare services for children in and around a five county region...

Thank you, Penn Yan Rotary

  • 30 October 2017
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Thank you, Penn Yan Rotary

Members of Penn Yan Rotary teamed up with staff and individuals from the Arc of Yates’ Center for Lifelong Learning to create planter boxes.  Jeff Krans, Rotary Club member, organized the effort by securing grant funding and organizing the volunteer effort.  Over the course of four months, participants prepped the material for the project, developed the designs and built the planter boxes. 

Arc of Yates Awarded Grant

  • 24 October 2017
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Arc of Yates Awarded Grant

The Arc of Yates received a grant in the amount of $3,000 from the Community Foundation of Elmira-Corning.  The grant will allow the Agency to continue to develop its Greenspace Project, construction of which began earlier this year.  The two acre parcel, adjacent to the facilities 235 program center, was purchased in 2014 to complete flood mitigation and is being cleared to create a wheelchair accessible cinder trail...

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