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 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.

Arc of Yates Duck Race a Sucess

The Duck Race returned to the Keuka Outlet for the first time in ten years

  • 20 June 2016
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Arc of Yates Duck Race a Sucess
The Duck Race, held on June 17th, was a huge success for the Arc of Yates and a great event for the community.

Arc of Yates to play intregal part of Yates County Transportation System

  • 13 June 2016
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Arc of Yates to play intregal part of Yates County Transportation System
Penn Yan, NY (June 13, 2016) – Following approval by the Yates County Legislature on Monday afternoon, the Arc of Yates is prepared to provide public transit service to the community.  The decision by the legislature follows several months of discussions about the potential of a public transportation system in Yates County.

Arc of Yates to host second Family Forum

The June 21st session is an opportunity for families and staff to share updates and information

  • 10 June 2016
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Arc of Yates to host second Family Forum
The second family forum of 2016 will be held on June 21st from 6-8pm at 240 North Ave.  The forum offers an opportunity for families and individuals served to learn more about Arc of Yates programs, share concerns, and increase communication.
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