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

Recent News

Arc of Yates Hosts Family Forum

Individuals and families are invited to ask questions and share suggestions with the Arc

  • 15 May 2016
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The next Family Forum is scheduled for June 21, 2016 from 6-8pm at 240 North Avenue.

Keuka Lake School staff collect 1,573 books for Stephanie Bates Memorial Book Drive

  • 12 May 2016
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Keuka Lake School staff collect 1,573 books for Stephanie Bates Memorial Book Drive
Keuka Lake School took part in the Stephanie Bates Memorial Book Drive, collecting 1,573 books! Pictured is Susan Boyd from the school. These books will be distributed utilizing our Red Book Shelves throughout Steuben and Yates Counties.

Public Invited to Yates County Transportation Forum

  • 2 May 2016
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The community is invited to meet members of the Yates County Transportation Committee and hear feedback from the 2016 Community Transportation Survey.

Support the Arc of Yates with everything you purchase on Amazon.com

The Arc of Yates now has an Amazon Smile account, giving the organization a donation for every purchase made on the online shopping website.

  • 22 April 2016
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The Arc of Yates is excited to announce that  the agency has been approved for an Amazon Smile account.  

Arc of Yates hosts Kid's Day to showcase agency to school-aged children

Children of Arc of Yates employees had the opportunity to tour the facility and learn what their parents do

  • 1 April 2016
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Arc of Yates hosts Kid's Day to showcase agency to school-aged children

“What does my mom or dad do all day long when they’re at work?” 

That was the question that 33 children of Arc of Yates employees learned the answer to yesterday during “Kid’s Day.”  The day-long program offered children a look into the inner workings of the Agency as they toured the facilities, completed sensitivity activities, and shared lunch with the individuals in the Vocational Education program. 

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