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Mr. Peter K. Underwood

Wrong Peter K. Underwood?

Founder and Chairman

Phone: (703) ***-****  HQ Phone
Email: r***@***.org
Reach for Tomorrow Inc.
13888 Lewis Mill Way
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
United States

Company Description: Reach for Tomorrow is a nonprofit organization which is focused on changing the attitudes of middle school students, those in their early-teen years who either lose...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • B.S.
    United States Air Force Academy
  • USAF Academy
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Patners, Sponors, Volunteers for Reach For Tomorrow, 11 Dec 2012 [cached]
Peter K. Underwood is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of RFT. A pilot with American Airlines since 1988, he co-founded EIC Information Technologies, Inc., a small company that has developed innovative and proprietary instruments to measure liquid level in petrochemical tanks. Mr. Underwood is a 1973 graduate of the USAF Academy and a retired Lt. Colonel in the USAF Reserve where he interviewed prospective candidates for USAFA.
Peter K. Underwood , RFT's founder and chairman, is an active commercial pilot. Since 1998 he has flown for American Airlines out of Washington D.C. and for about 10 years before that flew for Eastern Airlines out of both Washington and New York. He has lived in suburban Washington D.C. with his wife since 1980; they have two grown children.
Underwood is an Air Force veteran who received his B.S. from the USAF Academy in 1973 and graduated first (a "Distinguished Graduate") in pilot training class 75-01/02 at Vance AFB in 1974. He served active duty as an F-4 pilot in the 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron at RAF Bentwaters, UK from 1975 to 1978, and at Fort Ord, California from 1978 to 1979. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in the Reserve in 1993. In 1998 he completed the USAF Air War College. He retired from the active Reserves in 2000 to concentrate on the Reach for Tomorrow program.
Underwood served as the elected Washington Vice Chairman of the Allied Pilots Association, the union serving over 10,000 pilots for American Airlines, from 1993-1995. He helped establish a federal credit union for the pilots of American Airlines and their families (which grew to over $60 million in assets in its first four years) and served on the credit union Board of Directors from 1994 to 1996. As a board member of the Allied Pilots Association he developed and implemented a disaster relief effort for south Florida following Hurricane Andrew which airlifted over 35 tons of food, water, and supplies within three days to the disaster victims.
From 1981 until 2000 Underwood served as an Air Force Academy Liaison Officer, giving him the opportunity to interview hundreds of students throughout the Washington, D.C. area. During this time he also developed an exercise program for applicants which was published by the USAF Academy for its 1900 Liaison Officers worldwide and which is currently in use at the Marion Military Academy. He was named Outstanding Liaison Officer for the Northeast Region by the USAF Academy in 1992 and Air Liaison Officer of the Nation in 1998. For his work with youth and the USAF he was awarded a second Meritorious Service Medal in 1998.
The experiences and insights gained from this involvement led Underwood to undertake a comprehensive review of why most youth wait until nearly the end of their high school experience to properly prepare for college. It became clear to him that many if not most of the qualities that make a good Air Force candidate are also applicable for general academic, professional, and personal success. He founded Reach for Tomorrow in 1993 and continues to guide the program today.
Chicago Tribune August 13, 20 Sept 2006 [cached]
ten years ago, Peter Underwood founded a program he is sure will compel average students to excel early-on in their daily classroom work and get better grades and thus increase their chances for college admission.
Peter Underwood has found a cheap was for you to fly across the country. The only catch? You must perform 25 hours of community service and you should be a promising ninth grader.
Underwood, a United Airlines pilot, is the founder and chairmen of Reach for Tomorrow, a nonprofit mentoring program with a unique twist on how to improve the academic fortunes of underachieving adolescents. The organization transports those youths to locales outside the Washington area- often military academies and universities-for hands on experience with vocations they may one day enter. The Air Force veteran often uses his connections with the military and the airline industry to score free airfare.
Underwood runs the program from his Chantilly home and is looking to expands its reach in Prince William County, where it has operated with minimal scope for the last three years. But he ran into non political opposition last week when he requested funding from Prince William Board of County Supervisors.
In 1993, Peter K. Underwood first initiated the Reach for Tomorrow program to offer students the opportunity to visit the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA).
Peter Underwood belongs to the second category. He is an American Airways pilot who makes $400,000 a year, but that has not stopped him from spearheading a selfless drive to help junior/middle school students in the District and in other parts of the country get better.
In 1993, it occurred to Underwood that if students in the ninth grade who are averaging C's are targeted and assisted in attendance, attitude and achievement, what he refers to as the "Three A's" of the Academics, not only would their chances of going to college become brighter, but the nation as a whole also would benefit from their improved knowledge.
Without wasting much time, he established the Reach for Tomorrow (RFT) program, to help the kinds of students he has in mind when he is not out there flying airplanes.
According to Underwood, so far over 3,000 students have benefited from this program, from the Washington, D.C. through the Maryland and Virginia to Illinois, half of whom came from Washington, D.C. metropolis.
When Captain Peter Underwood isn't flying American Airlines jets, he's helping at-risk inner-city kids soar toward a more promising future through Reach for Tomorrow, a program he started in 1993 to inspire high school students to excel and continue on to a college education.
What began as one man's vision for making a real difference in kids' lives has now benefited more than 2,000 students from the Washington, D.C. and Chicago areas. Backed by the hard work of Peter's volunteers, who number in the hundreds, and with help from American Airlines and some corporate sponsors, the program has received recognition from the White House and the Department of Defense.
Peter believes that it's really up to "regular citizens" to help change the world. "It all started when I met a great kid who had struggled through ninth and tenth grades, but later in his junior year he became motivated to attend one of the US military service academies," says Peter.
Congdon is asking parents who have no seen the letters to please ask their children for the letters and to either sign these or the letter in The Journal and return it to the School Board Office to signify their support for the program. all the letters will be hand delivered, en masse, by Peter Underwood to the Senate.
Underwood founded the nine year-old program to challenge raising 9th grade 'C' students through real world, hands on applications like flying an MD 80 airplane, learning navigation aboard a large military vessel, and science and engineering labs during the one week program.
Approximately 30 East Chicago students will be participating in the August 22-28 trip to the U.S. Navel Academy in Annapolis, Maryland: : "I established Reach for Tomorrow to give young people a chance to see what kind of life and career is waiting if you continue your education," said Peter Underwood, founder of RFT, "I invite the youth to apply, to see where their dreams might take them, and to set goals for new horizons that nobody has yet imagined."
Peter Underwood, Founder of RFT
In 1999 and 2000, 51 students participated in the August trips to the U.S. Navel Academy in Annapolis, Maryland: : "I established Reach for Tomorrow to give young people a chance to see what kind of life and career is waiting if you continue your education," said Peter Underwood, founder of RFT, "I invite the youth to apply, to see where their dreams might take them, and to set goals for new horizons that nobody has yet imagined."
"We're planting the seeds of tomorrow," said Peter Underwood, founder and chairmen of Reach for Tomorrow and a 1973 Academy graduate.
According to Underwood, this program gives these students the opportunity to meet with cadets who have accomplished their goals and overcome their obstacles in their high school careers.
American Pilot Peter Underwood is opening doors some children may have never known existed. In 1993, Underwood established the Reach for Tomorrow (RFT) program, and in the last five years, he has shown hundreds of teens that if they work hard and keep their grades up, they'll have more choices and opportunities come graduation day.
Underwood's approach- motivate children while they're young, before they are about to enter high school, and try to impart how important the next four years will be.
"When you his about 12, you enter a phase in your life. I call it a 'mental pause,'" Underwood says. "Whether you emerge from that phase unscathed depends on the people you bump into along the way."
During their week-long activities, students in the RFT program find themselves bumping into cadets from the marine, air force, navy and merchant marine academies. Underwood says he's not trying to recruit anyone for these schools- he simply wants to expose these youths to career opportunities that build upon a strong education, and thus shows them why school is relevant. While staying at the academies, students take classes and labs, learn about different kinds of aircrafts (and in some cases fly them), and participate in teamwork drills.
"I call it High School Relevancy 101," Underwood says.
Colonel Peter Underwood, "This modern day 'Tom Sawyer' style program in that we have convinced many unlikely partners to work together to create a spectacular educational opportunity for students as they enter high school.
The program was started five years ago by Peter Underwood, a 1973 academy graduate, now a pilot for American Airlines.
Underwood was recruiting for the Air Force when he developed the idea.
Peter Underwood, an airline pilot, once was told he was "too dumb, too fat and too slow," but he made the grade. Now he inspires teenagers to do the same.
But the most impressive force behind this experience was a man named Peter Underwood.
"Who is Peter Underwood? He repeated my question over the roar of the engines of a C14 1 full of teens and their teachers on their way to Colorado Springs, "I'm just a citizen," he said.
"When I talk to kids I say, 'don't let anything stop you'" says RFT founder Peter Underwood. "I tell them 'there are people who have overcome incredible adversity, and you can do this there is no question about it' that's my message to them."
Since 1993, RFT has selected approximately 600 students from the Washington area and nearly 100 from Chicago this summer to attend its five-day basic training camps for the "motivationally challenged. RFT is Underwood's answer to student who wonder, "why am I learning this?
A group of Washington D.C. teenagers got an up close and personal look at the United States Air Force Academy August 11-14, thanks to DCA Domicile Vice Chairman Peter Underwood.
First Officer Underwood, himself an Academy graduate , founded "Reach for Tomorrow, Inc.," several months ago to help youngsters in inner-city schools become motivated about careers in aviation. The main goal, says Underwood, " is to build self esteem and provide positive experiences for these youth that will enable them to set higher goals and work towards them."
Working with the Mayor's Youth Initiatives Office, Underwood spent many long hours on the logistics of taking the students and their teachers to the USAFA. as these things often do, the projects became more complex than Underwood originally bargained fo
News and What's New, 11 Dec 2012 [cached]
Among the recipients of the 2005 award was Captain Peter Underwood . Presented in recognition of his selfless dedication to others through the creation of the Reach for Tomorrow program.
Peter Underwood 703-818-1425
REACH FOR TOMORROW, 11 Dec 2012 [cached]
RFT was founded by Peter K. Underwood, a 1973 graduate of the USAF Academy, to inspire students with untapped potential for high achievement to measurably improve their academic performance.
Contact Reach For Tomorrow, 11 Dec 2012 [cached]
Contact Information: Peter K. Underwood, Chairman Email: Phone: 703-818-1425 Fax: 703-266-5389 Address: 13888 Lewis Mill Way, Chantilly, VA 20151
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