Moses is one of our 20 Builders and runs a nonprofit in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Name: Moses Tut

City/Town: Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Where else can we connect with you online?

        Facebook: Conscious Youth Solutions

Twitter: @cys_sf

        Website: www.cyssd.org 

Who is your community? 

Conscious Youth Solutions (CYS) is a third party support system responsible for developing and empowering our future by testing innovative solutions to the challenges faced by youth in Sioux Falls through facilitated mentorships, social entrepreneurship, and cradle to career development.

Give us a behind-the-scenes look at your average day.

Reply to emails regarding fundraising opportunities and personal development options for youth ages 18-25, may it be for professional development or career paths.

What challenge in your life or work are you most interested in overcoming?

Raising awareness about the services we offer and finding a fundraising mechanism for Conscious Youth Solutions.

If you could do any job, what would you do and why?

I would love to be a millennial facilitator who bridges the disconnect between young adults —  specifically millennials — to the rest of society and helps them find their true passion in life without having to worry about financial burdens so they can do what they love to do. There needs to be a change with the work model of today’s society, because honestly the “business as usual” model isn’t having the kind of impact that today’s youth want or are willing to compromise with to make a living.

What is the most beneficial aspect of living in the OTA region when it comes to your career?

There is a plethora of great individuals who share the same passion, have the most unique perspectives and are willing to help you connect to resources to meet your goals.

At what intersection do you live your life?

I live at the intersection of Entrepreneur / Philanthropist / Humanitarian.

Where do you think good ideas come from?

My peers and environment as well as my inner passion to change my families current situation.

What’s one current trend you think will change the world?

Social entrepreneurship mixed with giving back to our future youth through experiential learning.

What’s the best way to put inspiration into action?

Showing leadership action speaks volumes and may spark others to believe in themselves.

What’s the greatest risk you’ve taken?

Being a minority in a predominantly conservative state and still persisting through the adversity that comes with implicit bias, especially in the business world/nonprofit industry.

What’s your biggest failure, and what did you learn from it?

When I first started getting into the business world and nonprofit industry, I went in alone for the first year or so.

Who do you hope to leave a legacy for?

I will leave a legacy not only for disadvantaged youth but for individuals who never had the opportunities to pursue their aspirations as well as all the people I’ve been in contact with through this journey — including friends, family and close associates.

The OTA Builders are a group of individuals who thrive on possibility and use all opportunities they are given to grow both in their careers and in their passions. We seek creatives who are tenacious and strong-willed movers and doers and are driven to make a significant impact on the people around them and the community they call home. These people recognize their talents and capabilities and find ways to continuously grow and learn from them. Why is this you?

I was a young man who was born in South Sudan and came to America at 6 years of age. I have no early memories of those first years of my life in camps in South Sudan, a war-torn country where millions of people have been driven from their homes due to attacks from opposing armies. My family has been blessed with the opportunity of getting resettled in the United States in 1999. Many of our relatives are either dead or living in UN camps, which serve as their permanent home due to civil unrest and war crimes in the youth country of South Sudan. Losing my mother in 2013 has pushed me even further to build a legacy not only for my family but for my country of South Sudan because of what my family has scarified to get me to this point in my life.

What project will you focus on as part of the OTA Builders Program?

Conscious Youth Solutions (CYS), a nonprofit organization empowering and connecting youth from around the Sioux Falls area to become active in their schools, communities and the workforce. This includes policies/programs to promote integration of youth into the labor force, foster entrepreneurship, enhance life skills and help youth avoid risky behavior.

What change / advancement do you hope to achieve as part of the OTA Builders Program?

Connections, funding opportunities and advice going forward with the organization and who to better bridge the gap with young adults and the workforce.