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.

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DRIVE Participates in Field Period

  • 22 January 2018
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DRIVE Participates in Field Period

Students enrolled in the DRIVE program, a highly individualized education curriculum for individuals with developmental disabilities, spent their winter field period at Cumming Nature Center located outside of Naples, NY. 

Bluff and Vine Launch Reception Held

  • 20 December 2017
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Bluff and Vine Launch Reception Held

On Wednesday December 13, 2017, the Arc of Yates hosted a reception for the launch of Bluff and Vine, a literary magazine founded by Penn Yan native Bethany Snyder and Alex Andrasik, adult services librarian from Penn Yan Public Library.  The magazine features both nonfiction and fiction work...

Holiday Card Contest Held

  • 14 December 2017
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Holiday Card Contest Held

During the month of November the Arc of Yates held a contest for the Agency’s 2017 Annual Holiday Card.  Employees submitted holiday/winter themed photos for selection by Daniele Lyman-Torres, President and CEO...

Arc of Yates Represented in Miss Penn Yan Pageant

  • 14 December 2017
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Arc of Yates Represented in Miss Penn Yan Pageant

This year the Arc of Yates was represented by Lexi Strong in the Miss Penn Yan Pageant.  Lexi is the daughter of Lynn Strong, Occupational Therapist at Keuka Lake School, a program of the Arc of Yates...

DRIVE Hosts Open House

  • 8 December 2017
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DRIVE Hosts Open House

On Wednesday December 6th the DRIVE Program hosted an Open House at Hegeman Hall on the campus of Keuka College. Guests enjoyed refreshments while viewing the displays designed by each class depicting the work accomplished for the semester...

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