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 Guardianship Grant

Arc of Yates Receives Guardianship Grant
This year the Arc of Yates received $14,000 to provide guardianship services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who would not otherwise have a legal guardian or advocate. 

Arc of Yates Hosts Annual Meeting

Arc of Yates Hosts Annual Meeting
The Arc of Yates hosted its Annual Dinner and Meeting on June 28th at Lakeside Country Club, recognizing the accomplishments of outstanding individuals, community partners, and board members. 

Keuka Lake School Graduates 36 Students

Keuka Lake School Graduates 36 Students
On June 22, 2018, Keuka Lake School celebrated the graduation of 36 preschool students who will be moving on to kindergarten in the 2018-2019 school year.

Duck Race

Duck Race
This year the Arc of Yates partnered with Yates County Chamber of Commerce to expand Cruisin’ Night and the Duck Race, the Arc’s signature event, through the addition of family friendly games and activities.

Camp Week

Camp Week
The Agency held its 3rd annual Camp Week excursion at Camp Cory the week of June 5, 2018. 
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