I’m a SL Mentor in Second Life and I love mentoring new residents at HI’s, OI’s and at help points around SL. I first applied for the mentoring program back in 2007 and since then it’s been great and still is. Over the past year or so many residents have been asking about when LL will open up the volunteer applications for new SL Mentors again and I have linked them to the volunteer section on the Second Life website. In recent months the same message was shown (July 2008 info) untill June/July 2009 where there seems to be hope for new mentors, as there will be new info coming out on the SL blog very soon. Earlier this year LL shut down the TSL Mentoring program and their TSL Volunteer Island was removed. Here are some recent statistics on members in the SL Mentors group and it shows a big decrease since late 2008.
SL Mentoring Stats 2009
26th October 2008
Starting with approximately 3,700 mentors, roughly 1,700 went through the renewal process. This far exceeded Linden Lab’s expectations for renewals, which were anticipated to only range from about 350 to a little under a thousand, based on observations of volunteer activity. From SL Massively
2nd February 2009
1, 733 Members
25th April 2009
1, 687 Members
5th May 2009
1, 682 Members
22nd May 2009
1, 679 Members
16th July 2009
1, 653 members
In our continuing effort to make the Second Life Volunteer program the finest in Second Life, we have adopted new processing steps for Apprentice mentors to advance from Apprentice to full Mentor. Recently, our application processing rate has dropped to accommodate these changes. Rather than let the application list grow at its present pace and force residents who desire to participate in the Volunteer program to wait weeks if not months to hear from us, we have decided to stop accepting applications until we have processed the list of residents currently in the pipeline. Thank you for your patience.
The Second Life Volunteer Team
As of 15th July 2009 – Latest Update!
Thanks for your interest! We are currently not accepting new applications for the Second Life Mentor group. Please watch the Second Life blog for updates and more information.
– The Second Life Volunteer Team
Sounds like VTeam or someone at Linden Lab will be making announcement’s soon on the SL Blog and VTeam blog for SL Mentors in the coming weeks or even months. Hopefully the announcement will include details about accepting new mentors into the SL Mentor groups or related. Hopefully this will jump start the group again into a successfull future.
The recent update by the VTeam was this Volunteers are staying busy! by Lexie Linden.
Second Life’s 6th Birthday event is a prime example of volunteers in action. 80-90 Mentors volunteered their time and skills for this very popular event.
When there are new updates I’ll post them here.
If you have any feedback on this recent update to volunteer info, feel free to comment.
In the coming months, we will be looking into additional ways that volunteers can come together to help and inspire new Residents as well as seasoned members of the Second Life community. We will update you after these ideas become better defined. Stay tuned…