By Karen Tortorella

Calling all  guardians of good  out there in the galaxy.   Disney and Marvel comics want to hear from you! If you are bettering your community through acts of service and want to share your story  here’s  the scoop.

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Dolby Laboratories and Visa Signature are joining forces for a nationwide “Guardians of the Galaxy – Guardians of Good” contest in conjunction with the August 1, 2014 release of Marvel’s “guardians of the Galaxy.”  The movie stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel and Bradley Cooper.

Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy – Guardians of Good” invites real “Guardians of the Galaxy” young men and women (ages 14-18) from across the “United States, to share their stories of how they are bettering their communities through service, science or innovation, and gives them the opportunity to connect with a galaxy of Peer Guides – who are already doing great things – to learn from  their successes.  Entries will be accepted between June 11, 2014 and June 29, 2014.

Application forms, eligibility requirements, official contest rules and more information are available here. Applicants of Guardians of Good will participate in online sessions with Peer Guides, who will include representatives from  generationOn, Broadcom MASTERS, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World” Ultimate Mentor Leadership Council.  Peer Guide sessions are scheduled  to take place between June 13, 2014 and  June 21, 2014.


The Peer Guides will open up their worlds to you. The Peer Guides will discuss their personal stories of service, science or innovation as well as learnings and advice.

Following the Peer Guide  sessions, all applicants  will then submit a short video explaining how they are improving the galaxy and what inspiration and guidance they received from their Peer Guides.   The five best video entries will be selected as winners.

The five winners will each receive: Two round-trip tickets to Hollywood, including hotel  accommodations, from  July 20 through July 23, 2014, to be on the Red carpet at the World Premiere of Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” on July 21, 2014, an invitation to the first ever Guardians of Good Innovation & Service Summit on July 22 a the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, where professionals  and peers will share their knowledge, a backstage tour of the Disneyland Resort and a red-carpet screening of the film at a Dolby Atmos theatre in or near the winner’s hometown.

Guardians of Good Innovation & Service Summit is scheduled to include presenters from NASA/UPL, speaking on the monitoring and protection of earth through asteroid detection and Earth-observing satellites and ensureing the safety of Mars spacecraft during a comet encounter, Disney  Imagineers, generationOn, Broadcom  MASTERS, Discovery Science Center, & Disney Global Community Outreach.

Marvel studio has brought blockbusters Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and the Avengers  to millions of kids and adults throughout the world.  Marvels Guardians of the Galaxy, expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object  of an unrelenting (never slowing down)  bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb desired by Ronan, a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe!  There is a long list of ragtag characters, like Gamora and Drax the Destroyer,  who  give it their all to possess the Prized orb while the entire galaxy hangs in the balance.

So, get your creative mind in gear and check out this contest.  It might just open up a number of new galaxies for you!

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