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 Concludes Fun-Filled Week at Camp

Residents and Individuals suppported by the Arc of Yates spent the week at Camp Whitman on Seneca Lake

  • 24 August 2016
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Arc of Yates Concludes Fun-Filled Week at Camp
It was a great way to end the summer as individuals supported by the Arc of Yates went to Camp Whitman.  The week was filled with nature hikes, time in the pool, arts and crafts, games, a carnival, and more as families were also invited to join in the fun mid-week for dinner.  Students from Keuka Lake School also spent the week at camp, and enjoyed a canoe ride on Seneca Lake.  Check out our pictures to see some of the fun!

Arc of Yates hosts Guardianship Forum

  • 19 July 2016
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Arc of Yates hosts Guardianship Forum

Guardianship Forum:

July 28th from 2-4pm

Yates Auditorium

Keuka Lake School begins construction on Arc of Yates campus for new school

Construction began on Tuesday to renovate the space at 240 North Avenue

  • 14 July 2016
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Keuka Lake School begins construction on Arc of Yates campus for new school

Keuka Lake School moving to new facility on Arc of Yates campus on North Ave, expanding services for children aged birth to five years with all ability levels.

Arc of Yates Receives Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) Accreditation

  • 1 July 2016
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Arc of Yates Receives Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL) Accreditation
The Arc of Yates received formal notification today that they have met the standards required to receive an accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL).  The accreditation comes after a  4-day onsite visit by CQL  reviewers who met with staff, community members, and individuals supported by the Agency.

DRIVE Celebrates Last Day with Picnic & Recognitions

Penn Yan Administrator Dick Shaver Recognized for

  • 23 June 2016
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DRIVE Celebrates Last Day with Picnic & Recognitions
DRIVE students and staff had one last get together to celebrate the end of the year.  Mr. Dick Shaver came to celebrate with staff and students on our last day together.
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