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

OPWDD approves Arc of Yates Grant Request of $1,235,079 for Keuka Gardens Project

Project will support independent living options for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities

  • 30 November 2016
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OPWDD approves Arc of Yates Grant Request of $1,235,079 for Keuka Gardens Project
New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) announced this morning that the Arc of Yates application of $1.2 million for the Keuka Gardens Project in Penn Yan has been approved.  The project was one of dozens state wide competing for a total of seven million dollars available in state aid.

Arc of Yates hosts open house and cuts ribbon at new Keuka Lake School campus

The new facility at 240 North Avenue was open to the public for the evening

  • 17 November 2016
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Arc of Yates hosts open house and cuts ribbon at new Keuka Lake School campus
The Arc of Yates held an Open House at the new Keuka Lake School facility last night, inviting the public to see the new campus.  Tours of the facility were given by Keuka Lake school and an official ribbon cutting ceremony was held at 5:30pm.

Arc of Yates President & CEO to be recognized by MCC this week

Daniele Lyman-Torres to be inducted into college Hall of Fame

  • 14 November 2016
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Arc of Yates President & CEO to be recognized by MCC this week
Daniele Lyman-Torres, President and CEO of the Arc of Yates based in Penn Yan, has been selected as one of four inductees into the MCC Alumni Hall of Fame as part of this year’s Salute to Excellence event.  Lyman-Torres joins other successful MCC graduates being honored for having made exemplary contributions to their professions and communities, while demonstrating support of Monroe Community College and the MCC Foundation.

Keuka Lake Relay Rally a Success in Second Year

Nearly one hundred runners ran around Keuka Lake on Sunday, raising funds for the Arc of Yates

  • 28 September 2016
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Keuka Lake Relay Rally a Success in Second Year
Clear blue skies and crisp fall temperatures greeted nearly one hundred runners from across the state on Sunday as they traveled to Keuka Lake State Park to take part in the Keuka Lake Relay Rally.  Teams of runners split up the roughly 47-mile trek around the lake, stopping at five checkpoints along the way located at local wineries, breweries, and public parks.

Keuka Lake School opens new facility on first day of school

  • 7 September 2016
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Keuka Lake School opens new facility on first day of school
Arc of Yates caps two months of construction by opening new Keuka Lake School facility on first day of school.  Students in pre-school and Universal Pre-Kindergarten classes began on Wednesday, the facility's new daycare and before and after school care programs begin next week.
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