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

April is Autism Awareness Month

"Help Me"

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 second session entitled "Help Me" will be held on April 10th from 6:30pm-7:30pm at 240 Powell Lane.

Arc Media Presents

  • 3 April 2018
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On Monday March, 26th the Arc of Yates hosted an Open House at the Center for Lifelong Learning, our primary day programming facility...

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism and Sensory Awareness

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 first session on Autism and Sensory Awareness will be held on April 3rd from 6:30pm-7:30pm at 240 Powell Lane.

The Center for Lifelong Learning and Clinic Open House

The Center for Lifelong Learning  and Clinic Open House

The Center for Lifelong Learning and Clinic Open House is Monday, March 26th from 5:00pm-7:00pm at the Arc of Yates on 235 North Avenue, Penn Yan.

Celebrating National Transit Driver Appreciation Day

  • 16 March 2018
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Celebrating National Transit Driver Appreciation Day
The Arc of Yates is happy to join the Yates Transit Service management and Board of Directors in celebrating Transit Drivers Appreciation Day!!!
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