Since we began the Volunteer Mentor program last year, VMs have added immense value to our community, assisting new members to join, adding an extra pair of eyes and local knowledge to the new member vetting process, and helping mediate when their assigned members fall behind on their repayments. VMs have also come to hold a respected position of leadership in our community. As such, we have a duty to ensure that VM status is reserved for people who uphold our standards of ethical behavior, responsible stewardship of their own Zidisha loans, and communication with lenders. Up until now we have enabled VM status on an informal, case-by-case basis. This worked while the VM program was still in the experimental phase, but I think we have had sufficient experience with the VM program now to spell out a standardized set of criteria each member who wishes to retain VM status must meet. I'd like to ask each of our VMs, as well as other Zidisha members and staff who interact with VMs, which performance standards ought to be expected of VMs. The standards should be reasonable for a position which is not compensated, but should be high enough that Volunteer Mentorship retains its value as a position of leadership. Here is one question to start the discussion: Given the recent change to allow rescheduling an unlimited number of times as long as something is paid in each installment, the allowances we formerly made for VMs who were not in a position to make payments or reschedule seem no longer necessary. Should VMs now be required to be fully current on their own repayments in order to retain VM status? Should there be a minimum on-time repayment score?