Monday, July 6

9:30am    Orientation at JICUF Office

Introduction of Global Link, including an overview of activities and of the group project and the theme of “Service and Sustainability.”

11:30        Welcome Lunch

We will have a special welcome lunch at a restaurant near the office.

1:00pm    Circle Line Tour

We will have a chance to see New York by taking a sightseeing cruise around the island of Manhattan. Highlights include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Brooklyn Bridge and the United Nations Headquarters.

TIME TBD    New York Cares Orientation

New York Cares is New York’s largest volunteer service organization. Once we are oriented, we will be able to participate in various volunteer activities organized by NY Cares.

Tuesday, July 7

9:00am    Group Project Discussion

We will more fully introduce the Global Link Group Projects.

10:30am    Chinatown Tour

JICUF President David Vikner will lead the group on a tour of Chinatown, focusing on its history and the important role it plays particularly in supporting immigrants from China. Lunch at a local restaurant will be included.

1:30pm    Tenement Museum Tour

Discover how immigrants survived economic depressions at 97 Orchard Street between 1863 and 1935. Visit the restored homes of the German-Jewish Gumpertz family, whose patriarch disappeared during the Panic of 1873, and the Italian-Catholic Baldizzi family, who lived through the Great Depression.

3:00pm    New Museum

The New Museum has a special exhibit called The Great Ephemeral that focuses on the inequalities inherent in the global economy.

Wednesday, July 8

10:30am    Brooklyn Grange @ Brooklyn Naval Yard

Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on two roofs in New York City, and grow over 50,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also provides urban farming and green roof consulting and installation services to clients worldwide, and we partner with numerous non-profit organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.

12:00 noon    Lunch in Williamsburg

1:00pm    Group work in Brooklyn

You will have the afternoon to complete group work in Brooklyn.

Thursday, July 9

9:00am    Group discussion in the office

12:00 noon    Lunch with Japanese Ambassador to the United Nations Motohide Yoshikawa

Ambassador Yoshikawa is a distinguished ICU graduate and will talk about Japan’s role in various UN-related issues, including sustainability issues and others.

1:30pm    UN tour and briefing with Shigeto Kawahara

Mr. Kawahara is a senior employee at UNDP and will brief our group on the inner workings of various agencies of the United Nations.

3:00pm    Meeting with Ariana King

Ariana is a recent ICU graduate originally from New York City. She is now working as a reporter for Nikkei Keizai Shimbun, covering the United Nations.

Friday, July 10

9:00am    Group work

12:00 noon    Lunch at Sylvia’s

Sylvia’s is an iconic soul food restaurant in Harlem.

1:00pm    Harlem Heritage Tour

Harlem Walking Tours by Harlem Heritage Tours conducted by those born and raised in the community, providing the most authentic Harlem walking tour.

5:00pm    Bowery Mission Dinner Shift

The Bowery Mission has served homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879, when its neighborhood came to define the term “skid row.” We will volunteer to prepare and provide a dinner meal  


Monday, July 13

Time TBD    Greenwich Academy

Visit and briefing from Greenwich Academy staff on sustainability issues. Greenwich Academy is an independent, all-girls preparatory day school in Greenwich, Connecticut. Founded in 1827, it is the oldest girls' school in Connecticut.

12:00 noon    Lunch TBD

Time TBD    Beach Island

Travel by ferry to explore the quiet, scenic beauty of Island Beach. Island Beach, formerly known as Little Captain Island, is situated in Long Island Sound about two miles south of Greenwich Harbor.

3:00pm    BBQ at Cynthia & Brian's House

Enjoy a relaxing and sociable time with a nice BBQ at the home of key ICU alumni family in Connecticut.

Tuesday, July 14

10:00am    Habitat for Humanity NY Orientation

Founded in 1984 as an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, Habitat NYC builds in the five boroughs of New York City, building homes for ownership by families and individuals in need.

12:00 noon    Lunch TBD (Wall St. area)

2:00pm    9/11 Museum Tour

"Never forget" was the heartfelt refrain after the World Trade Center attacks on September 11, 2001. And now, 13 years later, the National September 11 Memorial Museum has opened, to memorialize those who lost their lives -- and to ensure, once again, that the world will "never forget."

Wednesday, July 15

7:15am    Take Staten Island Ferry.

Habitat Staff will meet us on the other side and shuttle us to the work site. Habitat build in Staten Island will take place from 08:30-16:00 Wed-Fri, with one hour break for lunch.

12:00 noon    Lunch TBD

TIME TBD    Baseball game at Staten Island Yankees ballbark

Thursday, July 16

7:15am    Take Staten Island Ferry.

Habitat Staff will meet us on the other side and shuttle us to the work site. Habitat build in Staten Island will take place from 08:30-16:00 Wed-Fri, with one hour break for lunch.

12:00 noon    Lunch TBD

4:00pm    Return to Manhattan

Friday, July 17

7:15am    Take Staten Island Ferry.

Habitat Staff will meet us on the other side and shuttle us to the work site. Habitat build in Staten Island will take place from 08:30-16:00 Wed-Fri, with one hour break for lunch.

12:00 noon    Lunch TBD

4:00pm    Return to Manhattan

7:00pm    Attend Staten Island Yankees Baseball Game


Monday, July 20

9:00am    Group discussion and group work at JICUF Office

12:00 noon    Lunch near Central Park

1:00pm    Tour of Central Park

An expert tour guide from the Central Park Conservancy will lead our group on a tour of Central Park.

Tuesday, July 21

TIME TBD    Urban Design Lab

The Urban Design Lab (UDL) is a research unit of Columbia University’s Earth Institute created in 2005 to address the need for a design-based approach to shaping the long range future of sustainable urbanism.

TIME TBD    Echoing Green Office Visit

Echoing Green's mission is to unleash next generation talent to solve the world’s biggest problems. Since their founding in 1987 by the leadership and investment of the leading global growth equity firm, General Atlantic, Echoing Green has provided more than 600 promising social entrepreneurs working in sixty countries with $36 million in start-up funding, customized support services, and access to our global network of champions.

TIME TBD    Visit to Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory seeks fundamental knowledge about the origin, evolution and future of the natural world. Its scientists study the planet from its deepest interior to the outer reaches of its atmosphere, on every continent and on every ocean, providing a rational basis for the difficult choices facing humanity.

Wednesday, July 22

11:00am    Visit to Storm King Arts Center

Widely celebrated as one of the world’s leading sculpture parks, Storm King Art Center has welcomed visitors from across the globe for fifty years. It is located only one hour north of New York City, in the lower Hudson Valley, where its pristine 500-acre landscape of fields, hills, and woodlands provides the setting for a collection of more than 100 carefully sited sculptures created by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time.

3:00pm    Arrive at Taconic Outdoor Education Center

Thursday - Friday, July 23 & 24

Various activities at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center


Monday, July 27

9:00am    Group Discussion @ Office

12:00 noon    Lunch TBD

1:00pm    Free time to work on projects

6:00pm    Bob Chen and Ahn Ming at JICUF office

Tuesday, July 28

TIME TBD    Morning activity

1:00pm    Field Work in the South Bronx Job Corps Center

Job Corps is a no-cost education and vocational training program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor that helps young people ages 16 through 24 improve the quality of their lives through vocational and academic training. South Bronx Job Corps Center supports the Job Corps program's mission of teaching eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education.

3:00pm    Visit The High Bridge

The High Bridge (originally the Aqueduct Bridge) is a steel arch bridge, with a height of almost 140 feet (40 m) over the Harlem River, connecting the New York City boroughs of the Bronx and Manhattan. The bridge was closed to all traffic from the 1970s until its restoration which began in 2009. The bridge was reopened to pedestrians and bicycles on June 9, 2015.

Wednesday, July 29

9:00am    Visit to 14th Street Y

The 14th Street Y is part of Educational Alliance, a downtown Manhattan non-profit that serves 50,000 New Yorkers annually. It provides a wide range of services for people of all ages, including preschools,camps, after school programs, senior centers, health & wellness programs, arts & culture classes,counseling services, and addiction recovery programs.

12:00 noon    Lunch at Beyond Sushi

Beyond Sushi is a healthy lifestyle brand offering a fresh approach to traditional sushi. Husband and wife owners, Guy and Tali Vaknin have created a 100% vegan sushi eatery with two locations in Manhattan.

1:00pm    Walk on The High Line

The High Line is a 1.45-mile-long New York City linear park built in Manhattan on an elevated section of a disused New York Central Railroad spur called the West Side Line.

3:00pm    Group Work

Thursday, July 30

10:00am    Visit Stone Barns Center

Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture is a nonprofit farm and education center located just 25 miles north of Manhattan in Pocantico Hills, New York. They are on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all.

3:00pm    Talk by Mio Yamamoto on Social Entrepreneurship

Mio Yamamoto is Co-Founder and Director of World in Asia; Class of 2013, MIT Sloan School of Management. Mio has more than eight years of experience in providing high-impact social entrepreneurs with management, capacity building, and funding support. Along with her experience in marketing, sales, and strategy consulting in the private sector, she is building a platform where leaders from private, public, and civic sectors promote cross-sector, cross-border collaborations to accelerate social change.

6:00pm    JICUF Networking Event

Come join us for this JICUF Networking Event as we prepare to send our six ICU students back to Japan! They will be finishing up their month-long Global Link program here in NYC, focusing on the twin themes of Service and Sustainability. We would like to give them the opportunity to network with a variety of professionals in education, international relations, and Japan-related fields.

Friday, July, 31

9:00am    Global Link Presentations - Final Ceremony (w/ Certificates)

Global Link students will make their final presentations, based on the readings and research they will have completed during the program’s month of July. Following their presentations, they will receive official Certificates of Completion.

1:00pm    BBQ in Maplewood

Final social gathering to complete the successful Global Link program.