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Every year since 2008, the television channel RTL has presented its RTL Com.mit Awards to young volunteers between the ages of 15 and 29. This year's winners were honored last week.
Amina Önder from Hildesheim won the volunteer award in the "Individuals" category. The 19-year-old was honored for her commitment to young refugees. For five years, the student has voluntarily committed to help with homework and runs a dance and theater project with 16 refugees and non-refugees. This year the winners were presented with their awards at the International Consumer Electronics Fair (IFA) in Berlin.
The RTL Com.mit Award in the "Groups/Clubs" category was won by a group who produced the mobile app "HelpU" that acts as a communications platform for refugees. Refugees can use the app to contact volunteers, who help them in everyday life to facilitate their integration. The Audience Award, which involved an online poll, went to Ali Can, 22, from Pohlheim near Giessen. The teacher-in-training offers workshops and seminars to bring people of different cultures together. He not only helps refugees integrate, but also helps concerned citizens deal with cultural differences. The awards were presented at N-TV's IFA booth by Aydan Özoğuz, Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration, and this year's patron of the RTL volunteering award, as well as the panel of judges consisting of RTL's RTL Chief Editor Peter Kloeppel, IBO boxing champion Marco Huck, YouTube star Firas al-Shater, RTL presenter Nazan Eckes and N-TV presenter and Grimme Award winner Constantin Schreiber.
RTL Chief Editor Kloeppel: "The refugee situation is one of the great challenges facing our society, which is why I'm so pleased to see that so many young people are volunteering for refugees and leading by example. Numerous helpful teenagers and young adults answered our call to apply for the RTL Com.mit Award 2016 this year, and the 250 projects they submitted have proven that volunteering can very well be a matter of honor."
The RTL Com.mit Awards are specifically aimed at young people aged between 15 and 29. Under this year's heading "We're doing something!", numerous young people applied who do voluntary work for young refugees and thereby contribute to bringing together different generations and cultures. Six submissions were shortlisted for the final round. A panel of celebrity judges made the final decision on the winners in the two categories of "Individuals" and "Groups/Clubs." More than 2,000 visitors to the www.rtlcommit.de website cast their vote to determine the winner of the Audience Award.
All the winners of this year's RTL Com.mit Awards received a trophy and an iPad Pro specially produced for Mediengruppe RTL. The winners of the three categories also received a donation of €2,500 each for their volunteer projects. In addition, all the finalists received great prizes such as VIP tickets for a World Cup qualifier with stadium tours, and special video editing workshops at RTL. "HelpU," the winner of the "Group" category, won a coaching session with "Die Höhle der Löwen" (Shark Tank) investor Frank Thelen. Amina Önder, the winner in the "Individuals" category will spend a day backstage at the "DSDS" jury casting and meet the judges. Ali Can, the winner of the Audience Award, won an internship at "RTL aktuell." You can see all of the applications submitted by the six finalists here.