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

Celebrate Service, Celebrate Yates

Celebrate Service, Celebrate Yates
Celebrate Service, Celebrate Yates, Yates County’s Annual Day of Service, was held on April 22, 2018.  Celebrated for over 20 years, the event brings community members together to show their support by volunteering at local service agencies. Again this year, the Arc of Yates was selected as a work site and hosted over 25 people, including Kiwanis Club Members, Keuka College Students and Agency staff who worked on the green space adjacent to the Agency’s program center. 

April is Autism Awareness Month

Guest Speaker: Nicholas Courgi

April is Autism Awareness Month
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the Arc of Yates will be hosting a series of presentations every Tuesday during the month of April.

The final session will feature guest speaker Nicholas Courgi, a graduate of Onondaga Community College, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. This session will be held on Tuesday April 24th at 240 Powell Lane from 6:00pm-7:30pm and is free to attend. 

April is Autism Awareness Month

Make It and Take It

April is Autism Awareness Month
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, the Arc of Yates will be hosting a series of presentations every Tuesday during the month of April.

The third session entitled "Make It and Take It" will be held on April 17th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at 240 Powell Lane.

Announcing the 3rd Annual Duck Race

Announcing the 3rd Annual Duck Race
The 3rd Annual Duck Race is quickly approaching!  Scheduled for Friday, June 15th, this year’s race will kick off with a family fundraising event at Lake Street Park from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.  The event, held in partnership with Yates County Chamber of Commerce’s Cruisn Night, will host a DJ, face painter, games and kid friendly fare. 

Kid's Day at the Arc of Yates

Kid's Day at the Arc of Yates
On April 5, 2018 twenty children took a day out of their Spring Break and visited the Arc of Yates facilities, learning about the Agency’s mission and the important work their parents do on a daily basis. The 3rd Annual event included tours of Keuka Lake School, The Print Shop and the Agency’s program facility.
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