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.

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Support the Arc of Yates with everything you purchase on Amazon.com

The Arc of Yates now has an Amazon Smile account, giving the organization a donation for every purchase made on the online shopping website.

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The Arc of Yates is excited to announce that  the agency has been approved for an Amazon Smile account.  

Arc of Yates hosts Kid's Day to showcase agency to school-aged children

Children of Arc of Yates employees had the opportunity to tour the facility and learn what their parents do

  • 1 April 2016
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Arc of Yates hosts Kid's Day to showcase agency to school-aged children

“What does my mom or dad do all day long when they’re at work?” 

That was the question that 33 children of Arc of Yates employees learned the answer to yesterday during “Kid’s Day.”  The day-long program offered children a look into the inner workings of the Agency as they toured the facilities, completed sensitivity activities, and shared lunch with the individuals in the Vocational Education program. 

Keuka Lake School celebrates Dr. Seuss Birthday

Students welcomed guest readers and the Cat in the Hat into their classrooms

  • 31 March 2016
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Keuka Lake School celebrates Dr. Seuss Birthday
Students at Keuka Lake School celebrated the “Cat in the Hat” author’s birthday on Wednesday with storybook readings from special guests, a visit from the Cat in the Hat, and sampling Green Eggs and Ham.

Letter from the President and CEO

Daniele Lyman

  • 23 March 2016
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Daniele LymanMarch is a busy month for the Arc of Yates as we celebrate National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, launch our 2016 Membership Campaign, and plan for a busy summer of fundraising events.

 

National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month, celebrated across the country in March, is a valuable reminder that people with disabilities are valuable, contributing members of our community who have much to offer and a desire to participate.

DRIVE ends expriential learning period at Cumming Nature Center with special event and tour

The students of DRIVE spent the month of January volunteering at the South Bristol nature center

  • 23 March 2016
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While many of their fellow Keuka College classmates traveled home for winter break, participants in the D.R.I.V.E. Program moved their experiential learning 45-minutes away to Cumming Nature Center.  The South Bristol nature center played host to the 26 students who participated in classes, volunteered at the welcome desk, and completed maintenance and small-scale construction projects.
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