D.R.I.V.E. (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 D.R.I.V.E. 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 D.R.I.V.E. students, assisting them to become fully integrated into the college community.

While participating in Keuka College classes, D.R.I.V.E. 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 D.R.I.V.E. program, students are encouraged to participate in vocational training, volunteerism, and/or extracurricular activities both on-campus and in the community.

D.R.I.V.E. 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 D.R.I.V.E.'s commitment to post-secondary education for students with disabilities.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating in the D.R.I.V.E. program, please contact us at (315) 279-5342 or 
contact us for more information.  


DRIVE Field Period at Cumming Nature Center 2017

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.

See the Student-Created video HERE

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Arc of Yates to play intregal part of Yates County Transportation System

  • 13 June 2016
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Arc of Yates to play intregal part of Yates County Transportation System
Penn Yan, NY (June 13, 2016) – Following approval by the Yates County Legislature on Monday afternoon, the Arc of Yates is prepared to provide public transit service to the community.  The decision by the legislature follows several months of discussions about the potential of a public transportation system in Yates County.

Arc of Yates to host second Family Forum

The June 21st session is an opportunity for families and staff to share updates and information

  • 10 June 2016
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Arc of Yates to host second Family Forum
The second family forum of 2016 will be held on June 21st from 6-8pm at 240 North Ave.  The forum offers an opportunity for families and individuals served to learn more about Arc of Yates programs, share concerns, and increase communication.

Popular Duck Race returns to Penn Yan on June 17th

Tickets are now on sale for rubber ducks that will be releases into the Keuka Outlet as a fundraiser for the Arc of Yates

  • 9 June 2016
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Popular Duck Race returns to Penn Yan on June 17th

The Duck Race returns to Penn Yan as a fundraiser for the Arc of Yates. 

Prizes include:

Hampton Inn Penn Yan                       Overnight Stay & Breakfast

Horning’s Greenhouse                        $100 Gift Card

Raven’s Landing                                  $150 gift certificate for Reiki session

Angel’s Family Restaurant                            $15 Gift Card

The Antique Inn Restaurant                        $20 Gift Card (2)

Cam’s Pizza                                                         1 large 1-topping pizza

Express Lube, Inc.                                            1 oil change

Finger Lakes Images                                       The Finger Lakes Region Book

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DRIVE program graduates seven students

  • 6 June 2016
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DRIVE program graduates seven students

Seven local students participated in graduation at Keuka College on Saturday as they received their certificates of completion from the DRIVE Program.  DRIVE is a partnership between the Arc of Yates, Keuka College, and Penn Yan Central School District that is an individualized education program for students with developmental disabilities. 

Arc of Yates Launches The Center for Lifelong Learning

The program, formerly the Day Habilitation Program, now offers customized classes and experiences

  • 17 May 2016
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Arc of Yates Launches The Center for Lifelong Learning
Two years after the devastating flood, the Arc of Yates thrives and launches new programming
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