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New "Training" Restaurant Teaches Culinary Arts to Low-income Teens and Adults; Partnership Receives $50,000 from the Sun Microsystems Foundation.

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 29, 1995--The Sun Microsystems Foundation, Inc., has awarded $50,000 to a partnership between the Opportunities Industrialization Center West (OICW) and Youth and Family Assistance (YFA) to open and operate a "training" restaurant in downtown Redwood City, Calif.

The restaurant's culinary arts program will train between 70 and 90 low-income teens and adults from East Palo Alto, East Menlo Park and Redwood City in cooking, restaurant management, waiting tables, cashiering and customer service. Graduates of the program will also receive individualized career counseling and job placement assistance.

"This restaurant will give people real-world experience in what it's like to work in the high-pressure environment of an upscale California restaurant," said Sharon Williams, executive director of OICW. "Several local restaurants have already made commitments to hire our graduates."

In addition, the restaurant will provide 16 to 20 homeless teens living in YFA transitional shelters with paid work experience as dishwashers, bus boys, greeters and table servers and custodians, with the goal of placing them in jobs or vocational training once they complete their six-month employment.

"We hope that the restaurant itself will contribute to the economic development of downtown Redwood City," said Williams. "We want it to be a magnet for people looking for somewhere nice to eat." According to Williams, the restaurant will initially be open for breakfast and lunch. It is slated for a July 1995 opening.

Grants from the Sun Microsystems Foundation focus on four specific community development areas: education, employment and job development, leadership development and business enterprise development.

"Our Community Development Grants program focuses on giving people the tools they need to succeed on the economic ladder," said Gary Serda, program officer of the Sun Microsystems Foundation. "This program fits right in with that emphasis." Foundation Grants to San Francisco- and Boston-Area Non-Profits The Sun Microsystems Foundation announced that it has donated a total of $199,940 in community development grants to six organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area and the Merrimack Valley north of Boston, the two regions in the United States in which Sun Microsystems has its largest operations.

In addition to the grant to OICW, the foundation has donated $111,940 to five other community organizations:

- Mission Valley Regional Occupational Program ($25,000), Fremont, Calif., for the "Job Track-Self Sufficiency Program," which is designed to help people enrolled in vocational education/job training programs overcome barriers to completing their job training and obtaining employment;

- San Jose Development Corporation ($40,000), San Jose, Calif., for a micro-enterprise loan fund that also incorporates a "peer lending" model;

- The Role Model Program ($21,940), San Jose, Calif., for the

"Twelve Together Program," which is aimed at helping at-risk youth overcome personal and academic problems by providing college student mentors, after-school tutoring, retreats, educational field trips and parent workshops;

- YMCA of Santa Clara County ($25,000), San Jose, Calif., for the "Y-Achievers" program, a career and educational mentoring program for at-risk youth that matches corporate volunteers with lower-income students who have been identified as being at-risk of dropping out of school;

- Working Capital ($38,000), Lawrence, Mass., for a program to provide small loans to 162 micro-business owners in Lawrence. The program, which includes peer support and business education, is operated in collaboration with the Lawrence Minority Business Council.

The Sun Microsystems Foundation -- Sharing with the Community

Organizations interested in receiving grants from the foundation submit proposals that are screened by a team of Sun employees. This team includes both management and non-management staff. Recommendations for funding are then submitted to the foundation for consideration. Currently, the foundation awards grants primarily to organizations in the areas where Sun has its major facilities: the San Francisco Bay Area, the Merrimack Valley north of Boston and the West Lothian District in Scotland.

The Sun Microsystems Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit charitable organization, was formed in December 1990 by Sun Microsystems as a vehicle to share the company's success with -and support the economic development of - the communities where Sun employees live and work worldwide. A copy of the foundation's grants guidelines can be obtained by calling 415/336-5337. Guidelines are also available on the Internet via the World Wide Web by typing http://www.sun.com/smi/Corporate/Affairs/grants.html at the URL prompt using a tool such as Netscape or NCSA Mosaic.

Sun Microsystems, Inc., headquartered in Mountain View, Calif. is a leading worldwide supplier of network-based distributed computing systems, including professional workstations, servers and UNIX operating system and productivity software. Built on Sun's legacy of "The Network is the Computer", Sun's SPARC/Solaris workstation and server family leads the UNIX market. -0- Note to Editors: Sun, the Sun logo, Sun Microsystems, The Network is the Computer and Solaris are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. All SPARC trademarks, including the SCD Compliant logo, are trademarks or registered trademarks of SPARC International, Inc.Products bearing SPARC trademarks are based on an architecture developed by Sun Microsystems, Inc. UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, exclusively licensed through X/Open Company, Ltd. All other product or service names mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

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CONTACT: Sun Microsystems, Inc.

Susanne Vagadori, 415/336-0529
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