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) 719-5324 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.

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Arc of Yates holds 3rd Annual Relay Rally

  • 4 October 2017
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Arc of Yates holds 3rd Annual Relay Rally

On September 24, 2017 the Arc of Yates held their 3rd annual Keuka Lake Relay Rally.  Runners from across the region participated in the 48 mile rally around the lake which began and ended at Keuka Lake State Park.  Unseasonably warm weather greeted the 100 plus participants who raised in excess of $28,000 to support the Agency’s programs and services...

Tony Collins Foundation Awards $3,500 to Keuka Lake School

  • 28 September 2017
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Tony Collins Foundation Awards $3,500 to Keuka Lake School

The 9th Annual Tony Collins Class of ’77 Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament was held on July 24, 2017 at Lakeside County Club in Penn Yan.  The event kicked off with a Celebrity Social...

Arc of Yates Celebrates Direct Support Professional Week

National DSP Recognition Week

  • 13 September 2017
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Arc of Yates Celebrates Direct Support Professional Week
A very special week for a very special group of employees here at The Arc of Yates.

Golisano Foundation Generosity

KLS Recieves Funds

  • 11 September 2017
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Golisano Foundation Generosity
A grant has been gifted to The Arc of Yates to help with the costs of Keuka Lake School's construction.

Grant Recieved

  • 9 August 2017
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Grant Recieved
The Arc of Yates was awarded a grant by NYSARC to help fund the recreation programs that we provide to the individuals that we support.
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